I don’t know about you, but my Facebook newsfeed has been chocked full of “November Days of Thankfulness” status updates. “I’m thankful for my children”, “I’m thankful for dance parties”, I’m thankful for lazy days on the couch watching movies”, “I’m thankful for social networking”. My Facebook friends have spent the last 3 weeks posting something for which they are thankful for each day with the idea that the thankfulness theme dies on November 30th. Not to say that sharing things that we are thankful for is a bad thing…. I think it’s a warm fuzzy for everyone involved!
However, one friend (and parent of one of my clients) has not taken part in this social fad, but instead posted a picture of a piece of art that simply stated, “I am not thankful because I am happy. I am happy because I am thankful”. Perfect. I have another friend (and administrator at one of the facilities we serve) that has a piece of art hanging in her office that says, “Have an Attitude of Gratitude!” I have found myself thinking about that quote on almost a daily basis since the first day I saw it, which was over 2 years ago!
Of course there are good days and bad days, but I am an extremely happy person. It took me a little while to find it, but I attribute my happiness to this…. I am thankful every day for music therapy and what it has brought to my life and the lives of those around me. I have the best job in the world. Providing music therapy for my clients is challenging, but rewarding. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but it’s always magical. Seeing individual goals being met through the medium of music making is inspiring and affirms my belief in humanity. I am thankful for our clients and our patients for allowing us the opportunity to share our passion. I am thankful for our patient’s families, who communicate the needs of their loved ones, assist in providing the most effective music interventions, and support us by stepping back to allow us to grow our therapeutic relationships. The best part? I get to share this joy everyday with the greatest team of therapists and administrative staff around! Not a day goes by that I do not realize that I could not do this alone. I am so grateful for my employees and contractors that keep the wheels of our music therapy machine turning! Including our groups and facility contracts, our talented little team of 6 provides music therapy services to over 500 clients! Andrew Littlefield, Laurie Peebles, Andrea Johnson, Tasia Dockery, and Christy Deneau…. THANK YOU!!!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The George Center!!!