Each day in my work, I encourage clients to write their feelings and their life experiences. I tell them research states that there is power and validation in putting it on paper (or on the computer). I've watched and loved to read my daughter's passion for writing become her love, her profession, and her receive multiple accolades for this love. I recall how happy I felt for my dad when one of his stories was published sharing stories about his father. What a special book my mom created for children on Guide Dogs using me and Pantera as the story line.
During a difficult time, I began to do the task I encourage clients to do - a grief/gratitude journal. We are juggling these two very different and intense emotions at the same time. One side of the notebook is to write out everything you are grateful for and the other side is to write out what you are grieving. Some days one side or the other gets much more time written. How often, I hear - I'm feeling so sad but I should be grateful. Yes we have both going on in our lives. Someday, I want to create a cute notebook to give clients. In the meantime, they get a small spiral notebook in their choice of colors. There is power in choice ... even if it is in choosing whether you want a pink, green, or red notebook!
A year ago I began to daily put my random thoughts on this blog. With the encouragement of my daughter, I just began to write. I've come far in my abilities on the computer. I am still learning all the amazing technology that is available to a person who is blind. I am on this fence of using fully speech adaptive technology and holding on to large print aids.
In preparing for a giveaway I will be doing on my blog (SO EXCITED ... stay tuned!), I clicked on:
Guide Dogs for the Blind and found my article on my sweet soulmate! Another opportunity to put my thoughts into words.
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