Monday, March 26, 2012

The Privilege of Hearing Your Story

I recently had a woman share her troubles with me. She has been through an incredibly tough time, and she opened up and told me her story.

I have had this happen so many times, where people share their deepest thoughts, their sorrows, and their joy. It often amazes me that people would open up to me this way. I find it especially amazing when it happens in my healthcare provider role.

So many of the people I have worked with have had a multitude of negative life experiences. So many have experienced rejection from those they have loved and trusted, often many times. Yet almost every client I have had has opened up his or her life to me.

I marvel at the bravery that it takes. I am also amazed by the trust that I have been given. It really is a testament to the resilience of people that they can open up that way after having experienced past rejection.

I love to hear people's stories. I love the feeling of connection. I love that they have so much to teach me.

1 comment:

  1. I think its also a testament to how you as an OT have built your rapport with your client group. I worked for many years as a community OT and I think the grass roots of OT means that we have developed a confidence in discussing day to day activities and sometimes very personal habits with our clients. I often think that people open up to us because they sense that we are at ease with discussing just anything with them.

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