Sit and listen I did as the sermon unfolded this Sunday.
He encouraged his listeners to set intentions, not resolutions for the new year. Resolutions are so often an “outside” gig such as: lose 15 lbs, get a new job, move to a new city, find a new relationship.
This year was to be different per the suggestion of the Rev. If we decided to follow his lead this last Sunday of the year, we were to write down the old thoughts and beliefs we wanted to let go as well as the intentions we wanted to embrace. The important distinction between resolutions and intentions is the point of reference of the change.
Resolutions are often material and outer changes.
Intentions are personal and inner changes.
He suggested that as we change ourselves, even by merely accepting ourselves more fully, we can begin to experience a more full life and also initiate change in our world... for the better.
How does this relate to occupational therapists? you wonder.
I can only speak from my personal standpoint and claim to be no expert, merely an OT reflecting on what it means to be an OT and human being in this day and age. And initially (even in a recent blog post), I presumed that great change could and would and will come by changing our system...yet was reminded today that the change, any change begins within me.
A great and wise woman recently told me, “Start with making peace with yourself. There can be no world peace if you do not first have peace within.” Again, perhaps this sounds lofty and unrelated to being a professional health care provider, but is it? What if we change the words... “There can be no deeply caring health care system if you do not first deeply care for yourself first.”
Tell me one way that making peace with or caring deeply about yourself would negatively impact the interactions and/or tasks you do in a day. Anyone? I got nothin’.
At very least, the services we provide would be infused with an energy of ...peace. And who can argue the care that rides on serving with peace?
Perhaps lofty ideas, perhaps deep ideas are introduced here, but perhaps worthwhile considerations also.
Just for Today: What intentions is life calling me to this year, especially in my daily service/work? Instead of asking the system how it can show me better care, what care can I bring to the system?
Monika Lukasiewicz, OTR/L