Making the most of your Experiences

Recently an Activity Professionals posted the following on her Facebook page; “One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you are going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.”  I thought about how this ties in with the theme for the 2020 VAAP Conference, “Ordinary Heroes.”  Often when we are going through something, perspective is hard to find, yet once we overcome it, then we can see things much more clearly and we can share the result with others to assist them in their journey.  This also coincides with the idea of having those that have been in the field for quite some time, the “seasoned” activity professionals if you will, to lend advice to those activity directors that are newer in the profession and could benefit from the advice and wisdom. Someone once told me to place the “issue” I might be having in the palm of my hand and stick my hand on the end of my nose.  No matter which way I turned my head, that “issue” was still right in front of me.  Then I was instructed to stretch out my arm in front of my body and then look around, and what do you know, things were much clearer.   The more we can share and network with each other, the stronger we become as a profession and as individuals.  My mother always said “there is strength in numbers,” I encourage you to become that guidance to another peer and see the difference you will make in both their personal and professional lives.


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