Written By: Vanessa Cardenas, COO
Our nation’s Black History Month is celebrated and remains a reminder of great African American pioneers, activists, and inventors who overcame obstacles to accomplish extraordinary feats through their discoveries, experiences, and contributions.
It is through Black History Month that we are able to listen and engage in the stories to understand their history, their desires, and their challenges. It allows many to become more knowledgeable on both past and current events while teaching how to honor, respect, and aid in a situation to the best of our own abilities.
The same can be said about Prime Rehabilitation Services therapists and the way they treat their patients. Each therapist takes the time to acknowledge their patient’s history and the everyday struggles they face, and learn what treatment techniques will serve their patients best to relieve them of that burden. Although the effort may be great, the strive to make great accomplishments will always result in the greatest reward, whether it is that first step after surgery, first spoken word after a stroke, or that first smile when the patient has done something that they haven’t in quite a while.
Simply, it is not the situation that defines us but how we learn from and improve upon our experiences, knowing where the origins of an obstacle arise from and doing our best to change the outcome.
In the words of Maya Angelou, “ I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
“You may not always have a comfortable life. And you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once. But don’t ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama
“There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something there is a choice you have to make. We can all be masters at our craft, but you have to make sacrifices that come along with that – family time, hanging out with your friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with that.” – Kobe Bryant