A little birdie told me about the impact of a good deed. Observing our clients complete a slip of paper each week after meeting with his/her therapist with the possibility of winning a coveted prize was a witness to hope. Not the Mr. Wonka’s golden ticket kind of hope, but something more precious. A turkey can provide nourishment in body and soul as witnessed with the family sitting around the table, gathered to create special experiences and memories. A very central clinical skill is to instill hope. Hope is the sense of what is possible when all seems lost. Hope is restoration and relief. Hope is looking forward. Hope is strength. The Laurel client answered the phone blearily and despairingly. Barely hearing her, I announced her as the winner, she giggled and lifted her voice to a more laudable volume. When she and her husband bounded into the clinic to pick up their prize, her husband emotionally confided they have never been able to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner, but this year they will be able to bring the star of the show. Roald Dahl wrote “so shines a good deed in a weary world” – this experience personified the impact of hope shining in our weary world. And that my friends, is what a birdie told me…
Why A little Birdie?
My goal for writing this blog was to highlight the remarkable work of our clinical staff. The tireless commitment to excellence from mental health providers can feel unrewarding or stagnant at times. I would send these “anonymous” shout out messages to all staff when I heard of some great and outstanding growth – the little birdie told me.. was a way to communicate this to everyone in a quick and meaningful way. Shining moments should be recognized.
Then, I realized I neglected to emphasize the courage and resiliency of our wonderful clients. The work begins with them. So, I began to write about magnificent moments of insight and daring movements of change. Our clients are remarkable.
We decided to share these little messages with you all.
So, I hope you all read through this blog with the spirit of which it was intended. To shed positive thoughts into our world.