One exercise that I learned in mindfulness training is to jot down the things I’m grateful for. The point is to be aware that while difficulties are present in our lives, there are people and things that make the load a little lighter. This is not always an easy thing to do when I’m not feeling particularly thankful for sleep deprivation or challenging behavior. I do find it helpful though to consciously do this from time to time.
At this time of year, we at Seattle Children’s Autism Center would like to call to mind the reason we are here – YOU. While we wish we knew each other under different circumstances, we are keenly aware of how much better we are because of you and all who live with autism.
I asked our staff what they are thankful for when it comes to the families we serve and this is what they said . . .
I am thankful that I am allowed to witness all the incredible strength and perseverance I see in our families. It inspires me to do more. Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP
I am so, so thankful for the opportunity to share in moments of growth with families. It is a privilege and a constant source of inspiration! Jo Ristow, SLP Read full post »