I am a quote enthusiast. In fact, I'm currently thinking about getting a tattoo to celebrate one of my favorite Willa Cather quotes.
For some time now, I've been collecting my favorite quotes related to occupational therapy.
Occupational therapy is a profession that has trouble defining itself. We shrink from the bold statements about the core of our practice—that daily tasks are enormously important and vital to healing.
This is where quotes come in. They give us the language to articulate what we intuit and build our practices on. You can bet that we are not the only ones to have found meaning in daily activities.
Below are some of my favorite quotes related to daily living, being an OT, and the therapy process.
The Value of Daily Activities
The quote from Joan Didion is a little confusing. It comes from her memoir about the sudden death of her husband and concurrent illness of her daughter. It is the best articulation I could find of a sentiment that I have encountered from both clients and friends-- that daily tasks can serve as anchors in times of grieving and loss.
Occupational Therapy Treatment
The Mary Reily quote is the most famous quote I could find from an occupational therapist. It is derived from the 1961 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, titled "Occupational Therapy Can Be One of The Great Ideas of 20th Century Medicine." The title in itself is an inspiration.
The other two quotes in this section are simply solid.
The Art of Being an Occupational Therapist
I tend to overanalyze the exact wording I used in situations. Daily, I wish I had chosen my words differently. The Maya Angelou quote was introduced to me back in college and helps me focus on making people feel cared for. The Eleanor Brownn quotes reminds me to also take time to care for myself.
All three quotes emphasize the importance of breaking tasks down into small steps--and then taking things one step at a time. That is so OT.
I would love to keep adding to this compilation over time! If you have any quotes that you have inspired your occupational therapy practice, please share!