I’ve had to relearn how to write after my shoulder injury.  My fingers were very stiff and my grip was weak.  I’ve been able to make progress largely due to a foam ring which hugs my pen; an adaptive device.  I started to think about many devices that helped me adapt to physical limitations or environmental conditions.  I use a pillow to be comfortable for meditation.  I remember, as a seven year-old, having training wheels on my two-wheeler until I felt confident enough to ride without them.  What are some adaptive devices you’ve used in your life? How have they changed your experience for the better?

Raindrops on Roses

The most memorable song from the musical, The Sound of Music probably is Favorite Things. The lyrics begin “raindrops on roses…”   Make a list of why raindrops or roses might be special to you.

Help is on the Way

Remember a time when you helped someone.  What were the circumstances?  What help did you provide? How do you think you solved a problem or made someone’s life easier?  How did the experience make you feel?  What was the gift for you in this exchange?  What might you feel grateful for?

One Picture

One picture is worth 1000 words…we’ve all heard the saying. Look at a favorite painting or photograph. What are the first 10 words that come to mind? What might these words tell you about what you love? What do these words tell you about what you have special feelings for?