How To Stimulate Meaningful Performance Choices

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Choosing day-to-day activities become a quality of life that is meaningful to you. Occupational Therapists facilitate performance goal setting for achieving a desired quality of life. This includes leisure activities that are meaningful. Whether your leisure activity be cooking, painting, dancing or photography they stimulate meaningful performance. Leisure occupations improve performance through periods of rest to recuperate from taxing work roles.

Meaningful choices become therapeutic to daily performance.

Below are photos to provide examples of things that are meaningful to me.

This photo was taken at a local Seattle farmer’s market (Fremont) where artisans created these beautiful pentagon potteries to hold the plants.
This photo was taken at a local Seattle farmer’s market (Fremont) where artisans created these beautiful pentagon potteries to hold the plants.

In the Chinese and Japanese Culture pentagons are symbolic for the 5 elements of life: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. I chose succulents and air plants as my subject because these plants are very resilient to changes of the environment.

Sunset over Elliot Bay.
This photo was taken along the waterfront from the Ferris wheel
This photo was taken along the waterfront from the Ferris wheel

Seattle sunsets are beautiful. I remember the exact moment where I had to stop and take this photo because it gave me peace in the moment of chaos. The scene was just that perfect blue monochromatic frame. All I saw was the calming texture from the sky and water and felt peace in the midst of all the chaos of color, sound and activities in the surrounding.

Natures confetti.
This photo was taken by Lake Union along the Burke Gilman trail.
This photo was taken by Lake Union along the Burke Gilman trail.

Often we forget how a single tree can create an array of colorful leaves through changes in a season, just like life itself with so many facets and complexity. Who we are, all the impressions and memories through changes can be something to celebrate or cherished. These leaves had been biked and walked over, but still valiantly dust over the rained over concrete reminding me to appreciate that life is ever changing.