The music therapists have had many changes in their personal lives in which we celebrate! New babies, new homes, weddings, and many other exciting events! Some of our therapists have gone to further their experience or education in other areas and in other states. Personal growth is always something to celebrate!
The last year here at our office has been full of highs and lows. It often feels like a roller coaster. We have experienced funding cuts and challenges across our different departments, new and varied funding sources, the addition of adaptive lessons, changes in employees, changes in paperwork and much more that I can't fit in this short blog! One thing that has not changed is our dedication to our clients. As I see each therapist interacting with their clients, I am so pleased and thankful to be working with such great people who are so focused on their clients.
All of these changes, personal and work related, effect each of us differently. We often tell our clients that they need to be flexible and cope with change "appropriately." Do you ever have a hard time with the need to be flexible? I know I am not the only one! One of our therapists ran a group focused on change for her grad class that involved a few employees here at LU. She gave us some interesting information, we had some valuable conversation, and one thing really stuck with me, "You choose our own reactions to change." Sometimes I choose to get frustrated, feel angry, smile, laugh, or just roll with it (or maybe that should be roll my eyes). I have thought a lot about the changes I have experienced, my reactions to those changes, and how both have effected my relationships with others: my clients, my co-workers, my boss, my family, and my friends. Those reactions have been good, bad, and downright ugly!
So now I am going to challenge any readers out there and the people here at Living Unlimited. Take some time to reflect on the changes of your last year. What changed in your personal life? What changed where you work? How did you react to these changes? How do you think your reactions effected your clients, coworkers, and loved ones? Looking forward, when you experience change in the upcoming year, remember you are the one choosing your reaction. Good luck!