Self-Reflection and the Lessons Learned During 2017
The New Year’s holiday is a time many use for self-reflection. They look back at the previous year and try to draw conclusions or lessons they can learn and apply to the next year. It’s done in hopes of bettering the year for themselves and those they care about, but also as a way to improve the world as a whole.
I recently took a look back at 2017 and thought to myself: How could I have done things a bit differently? Could I have worked a little harder toward achieving my goals? For the most part, I think looking back helps me focus my attention and effort on the future—what I want to accomplish in the next twelve months.
When I look back at 2017, I think about a special person that I had the privilege of working with at the clinic. She was such an amazing woman. I had originally worked with her two years ago after she underwent a knee replacement. At that time, she’d been discouraged—the pain and anxiety of the unknown weighted heavy on her soul. She was in her early eighties, frail, and admitted to never being one to enjoy exercise. Needless to say, she struggled in the beginning and stayed at the facility for three weeks.
In that time, we worked hard together. She had specific goals she needed to achieve to return home and I helped her accomplish those goals. Working through the pain, she eventually saw the light at the end of the tunnel. When she left the facility, she told me she’d have to have her other knee replaced and hoped to work with me again.
Fast-forward three years. She came back to our facility after having her other knee replaced. When I walked into the therapy gym that morning, she was sitting there waiting for me to arrive. Despite her pain, she had a huge smile on her face. First thing she told me was how happy she was to see me. The second thing she said was how she applied the therapeutic interventions she’d learned from me at the clinic and was able to push the knee replacement surgery off for the three years. She even remembered the exercise routine we’d used during her first stay and she couldn’t wait to get started.
When it was all said and done, her rehab stay was two weeks rather than three, and she walked out of there using a cane rather than a walker.
It was great to see my patient had looked back at her past experiences and applied what she’d learned to her life. It helped her move forward in a positive direction toward better times to come. With the New Year approaching, let us all learn from our past and create a positive future.
Know that at Arbor Therapy, we will be happy to aid you in achieving your goals for 2018, no matter what they may be.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!