This is a poem that heals fish – how is it relevant to occupational therapy? How is it relevant to you? 1)boredom can lead to good things if you let it, 2)you can’t look in one place all the time and expect to find the full answer 3)meaning is what is “meaningful” and “meaningful” is found by looking? risking? doing? seeking? waiting? drawing? writing?…[no one else can really tell you this], 4)silence is important, 5) , 6) , 7) …
(This post to always be blended with April 25th’s!)
I like the list that follows (from a Berkley therapist). But I don’t believe it happens in a vacuum. Let your emotional work be there, under what you chose to do with your hands.
Do things each day; Occupy yourself with small things that matter, that advance you, that please you, whether they ‘work’ or ‘fail’ in the moment. They might be momentous accomplishments. Or they may be ‘small’ things. You decide: whittle wood, accept a job, feed the fish, cook supper, read a book, go eat the ice cream at the new library, throw a softball with your family….
And in the background be quietly aware of letting the following happen:
I was reminded of this at the Dr. Ruth Lanius conference in recent past days. Strength-based, she kept reminding clinicians to listen to their clients’ experience and self-knowledge. The digital story-telling was just a comment, but I was reminded of having heard of it before – something that can ground us in our creativity while feeling the power of our voice. Our stories matter; no matter how we tell them:
Nature – listen and look for new languages:
OT has a reputation for pointing out practical things as life-giving and foundational – like ‘Brush your Teeth’, ‘Eat’, ‘Wash the Dishes’. Yet OT has always been unconventional in that it has long included “how” we do things, not just what we do or when. The intangible “hows” are often central.
So I like this OT FB group posting. (And speaking of remembering unconventional “activities”, the below link on Grounding 2 has been re-placed. Sometimes a poem is essential before any tooth brushing can happen: Billy likely agrees.)
On a Saturday with a blue sky, and probably geese, clear running water and fresh, small, green growth… Some of us think spending time with real things over screen things might be important. Shut the screen. Look up and around.
For starters, try for 3 in a row.