Happy 2013! Let's all struggle for the next month or so forgetting to write '13 instead of '12. You all KNOW it takes a while to get it right! So to start out the new year, I thought I'd share a little party that was thrown for a few of us at MMPT.
Mr. P is a little boy who has been doing PT for the past 7 months or so. Here's the interesting thing... I have been talking to my staff about living INTENTIONALLY! Our mantra for 2013 is "Decide to Grow Daily". As in growing personally, professionally, and supporting each other in such growth.
The red head, above, is Jessica. She and I work closely together in the office. She and I also went to a continuing education course together, back in July, in Houston, TX. ON that trip, she was filling out my book, "A Question a Day" which I had gotten behind on while I was driving. The question was, "Who would you like to get to know better?". I said almost immediately, "Lissy Sanders Compton". She looked at me a little weird and said, "Pearson's mom??". I said, "Yep". At that point, all she knew was that Lissy was one of our newer patient's mama. But I'd heard of Lissy. I knew she was an artist and that she seemed very interesting.
As it turns out, my intuition was right. She and I became quite good pals. She calls me her son's "godmama". She and I refer to each other as "soul sistahs". I have come to realize that we are actually very much alike!
She loves to make her friends interesting gifts. She is quite generous. On this night over the Christmas holidays, she made gumbo and invited the therapists and office folk who are in Pearson's (aka Mr. P's) life. She wanted us to feel her appreciation for taking care of her son.
And here, she got even Keif to admit that she makes the single best gumbo any of us have ever eaten!
Here's Mr. P. and this is John Wesley. He is a fairly new PTA who came to work with me in the West Monroe office. He is a great guy. He has a tough exterior... but it is all a show! He tries to talk all, "me and my buddies goin' clubbin'.." etc... but in the next breath, it's, "But I'm going to see my mama tomorrow!!". Ha.
John Wesley was on the MTV show, Caged, where he was an MMA fighter! I can't let him work with any of the babies right now. And that's because he can't quit hugging on and loving on the babies. And I mean to the point that I have to remind him, "yo, JW, they are PAYING us to make them work! NOT to love on them." Ha.
Check that out... Mr. P senses it and just wants to love on him even while we were at the dinner table!
This is our pediatric crew.
And there in the middle, beside me, is Mr. P and his daddy, Brent.
One of the takeaways from today's post is that INTENTIONING something makes it come to pass. I just said, "I want to be Lissy's friend", and looky here. She and I text multiple times a week. We have met up and done a weekend market with our babies. I can see us being friends for a long time, even after Mr. P is discharged from PT. Making a decision and being intentional about your choice is a very strong thing! So, what are you going to be intentional about in 2013? I am struggling with my word right now. I have a few ideas. I wanted to take a week or so and really reflect on 2012. I have had virtually no time off during the holidays. On the actualy holidays, like today and Christmas Eve and Christmas day, I have obviously had too much to do. Otherwise, I was working! I'm sort of frustrated with myself! I've not reflected and I've not planned. NOT COOL! I'll get it together. Do you have YOUR word though? I am interested in knowing! Maybe it'll help me with mine!
One place Lissy and I DO differ... at the late hour of 8:00 pm, she was yawning and could barely keep her eyes open. I was laughing and snapped a pic of my watch, telling her, I WILL be posting this on my post about this party. I wanna keep my word! haha
I am so happy that I get to help this little guy, and that his mom and I have become friends throughout his journey. For sure, I have realized after 20 years in physical therapy that the relationships formed from lives coming together is more important than anything else! It's what lasts and what matters!