Tuesday, September 29, 2015

People will never forget how you made them feel

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou helps to remind individuals that there is a great need to focus on the lasting effect of each interaction that we will have. It is very important to remember that life will present many opportunities to us that offer choices of ways for us to interact with others. It is important to remember what things you have held onto as the lasting memories from interactions with people. As we mature, there is far less focus on what has been done for you and rather much more so on how an interaction made you feel. Leaders are made because of how they are able to inspire and cause people to feel incredibly empowered. It is incredibly easy to forget what people said or did. The lasting memories come from emotions and how an interaction caused you to feel. Hopefully my position can help to affect the patients who are in our hospitals. Each employee where we work is groomed that it is of the utmost desire to cause a positive and pleasant experience to every guest/patient that we have contact with. The specifics are not of the most importance and rather the overall impact of how an experience left you is the most important. There is always room to improve upon how you are able to impact a person. With a brain injury, specifics are extremely difficult to keep track of. The way an interaction leaves you feeling is a definite way for a person to keep inventory on an experience. Having mentors to share how a certain experience made them feel is a great way to help you gauge how you are tackling your life as a survivor. Support groups are an incredible place to make connections and friends with like-minded people. Many people share how they feel of most importance and the underlying characteristic is that they have found a way to make people feel a certain way. The flip side of that is that a person can feel of use and necessity. Following a brain injury it is incredibly liberating to feel of use. To truly feel as an integral part of something is an important and necessary portion of any occupation. I know many volunteers that have felt an invaluable sense of purpose once they had begun taking on his/her role of service. I would love to hear who has had experience volunteering and how that may have affected them. Individuals do not want to just live without purpose. When I was lacking for a purpose, I asked for a pet. I have been in contact with many people who have felt a strong increase in their frame of mind since getting a pet. I would love to hear who has had experience in caring for a pet and gained a greater sense of purpose since taking on the role. I thank you very much for reading and look forward to any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

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