A time of thanks. A time to take pause. In the traditional definition, “a time to celebrate the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year.” The original Thanksgiving was tied to survival and agrarian bounty. I would say we have lost that primal perspective.
What is your meaning of Thanksgiving? I am thankful for my family, friends and freedom. I am thankful for my professional skills. My professional skills make me a high value target at family gatherings for those looking to improve their mobility, strength and independence with ADLs. I am thankful I can help them and thankful they recognize my professional value.
I value and am thankful for our professional association. They are my second set of family (mentors), friends (peers) and freedom (practice). This time of reflection is critical as we oftentimes take our profession and professional liberties for granted. I am personally thankful for our lobbyist Melissa Johnson who does great legislative work for us. She helps guide, direct, connect and act on our behalf. I am thankful for our state association staff who create structure and support for our professional needs. I am thankful for our national association, APTA. They help defend and guide/support the profession of physical therapy. None of this could be possible without the tireless volunteer efforts of our members – who I am most thankful for….
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tweet (@erikmoen_BikePT), FB message me, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call. I want to know what you value in your profession and your professional association.
Erik Moen, PT