‘Valuing the ordinary’ is a concept used in the development and use of the Lifestyle Redesign® approach in Occupational Therapy (OT). It can be incorporated into any OT intervention.
Valuing the ordinary simply means taking note of and seeing as important, the everyday ‘trivia’ of someone’s life. Our lives are all made up of a patchwork of everyday small tasks and concerns that create a whole.
Allowing some time to focus on small and seemingly unimportant matters, can have positive effects in that it allows the person, rather than the illness or problem to be the focus. Exploring the ordinary may give the starting point that allows someone to begin to envision a new possible self as the OT uses the opportunity to be positive about progress and to help someone see new possibilities for the future.
Reading about this, I was reminded of the quote from one of the OTs working in the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study at the University of Southern California during my recent study visit there: “If it’s valuable to you, it’s valuable to me”.