In his book, A Whole New Mind, Daniel H. Pink talks about the importance of finding meaning in what we do. When faced with the stress and pressure that comes from deadlines, especially at this time of year, it is easy to ask ourselves, what is it all for?
I think that asking that question gives us a great opportunity to remember exactly what it is all for – the children and families that we serve. We have chosen a wonderful profession in which we have the chance to give others the gift of communication. Speech and language are essential components of what it means to be human, and we work tirelessly to develop these aspects of humanity in our clients. When we take a minute to reflect on that, how can we not find meaning in our work?
Sometimes I wonder if what I am doing is making any difference, but when I take the time to look at the progress that my students have made throughout the school year, I am often surprised to see how far they have come. As much as we may grumble about paperwork, reviewing data sheets and doing progress notes reminds me of where my students were just a few months ago. Seeing their speech and language skills improve gives meaning to my work. And that makes it all worthwhile.