Autism Awareness Day 2018: Cultivators, Leave a Legacy of changed lives
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a day where we all rally and support the individuals that we know, that have been affected by autism in one way or another. It’s 2018, so most everyone should know what autism is, and this post is certainly not about autism characteristics or history or anything like that. For more on that, I recommend reading Neurotribes by Steve Silberman - it’s a highly emotional yet intellectual look at all things autism. This post is more about the very personal interactions that we have as clinicians, with the wonderful individuals that we’ve been entrusted to serve.
As I was meditating on the impact that children with autism have had on my life and mission, both personally and professionally, one word kept coming to mind. That word was LEGACY.
When you think about the word legacy, it communicates something left behind, positive or negative, whether it’s wealth or knowledge, or anything else worth describing. When I think about legacy in this context, I get excited about what the Cultivators are doing, all day everyday. While it seems like any other appointment, or any other session, or any other consultation or supervision, it’s so much more. When you consider their collective accumulation, and you start adding up all these appointments over the weeks, months, and even years that we’re serving those kiddos, you start noticing something special. You have the potential to leave a great impact, or as we’ve been discussing, a legacy.
On World Autism Awareness Day, our clients need our support. The autism community needs our support. Yet, what they also need is FOCUSED, DEDICATED clinicians that have the big picture in mind while they’re doing great work - that’s why I love our staff. They need RBTs and BCBAs that work relentlessly to pursue excellence, so that our legacy is one that mattered, and mattered a lot. Our clients need us to stay multiple steps ahead and know where we’re going, because that place is quite beautiful. It’s a place where skills are acquired and challenging behavior is reduced, all because we approached work with a mentality that was different. We approached work with legacy in mind, and that propelled us into a beautiful season, where we all reap the harvest that resulted through all that hard work.
Cultivators, as you go on cultivating each day, remember the legacy that you want to leave. When that child grows up, or moves away, or no longer needs our services, how do you want to be remembered? What legacy do you want to leave?
This is artwork that a client years ago, made me. Every April, I reflect on the impact that he had on my life. He alone, changed the course in my life in ways that are hard to describe, or even measure. Cultivators, there’s no doubt that our clients change our lives. Let’s hustle so that we might leave a legacy that changes their lives in return.
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