I ardently loved being a speech-language pathologist (SLP). I had my own private practice for 30 years, an effective domain of kindness, forgiveness, and tremendous effort that yielded human progress. A lot of progress for men, women, and children – even for myself. It was a wonderful world: my own private island.
If and when people asked me what I did for a living (more about that later), they universally commented, “You must be so patient,” which is patently untrue – of me as well as the profession.
To be an SLP, one must live with the empathy button full on; yet maintain healthy boundaries for self-preservation. One must remember who owns the problem, then thrive on 100% problem solving. It’s a high energy field of great diversity, great need – go sign up at your local university to become a Specialist in Communication Disorders if you need a career. It was/is the best and well beyond amazing everyday, all the time. An E-ticket ride, we Baby Boomers would call it.
My parents named me Patricia, which becomes Pat for short, which could also be short for Patience. Short on patience, I am. It’s convenient that my nickname is PJ and not Pat. No disclaimer needed.
I began writing as a hobbyist two years ago and am having a blast! I’ve found that I write when I’m blue, I write when I’m black – and then I feel all better!
Who, What, When, Where, Why and How about you?
Love your new blog, the sight is pleasing to the eye and lots of fun, but you are a lot of fun, so not surprising. What fun tonight, lots of laughter and always open and true. Love you,
cool blog PJ!
Thanks to my friends, Cheryl Hall and Bob Bolinger, who commented with compliments. Cyperspace hugs back to you – and soon in person!
Nice background, Pat. I’ve never not written. But now that my last employer cordially invited me to leave & not return, I now write what I want to write; well almost. I do in fact listen to the advice of my fellow authors in the writing group. CU on the 29th, BTW.
Dirk, I’ll give you three guesses what my favorite color is…and the first two don’t count.
Oh, you were complimenting my personal background write-up…thanks.
(“I’m blonde” is my all-purpose disclaimer.)
pj: Enjoyed your blog and look forward to new entries. Meantime, keep in mind that tis better to have flunked the blood test than to have never loved at all!!