Being an Advocate
July 30th, 2018
I have found the hardest part of this honor in a person’s life is how to support the person’s desires and wants and keep them separate from your own. When a number of people are involved in another person life, regardless if they are family, friends or staff, everyone has a well-meaning, in the best-interest, opinion on what would be the best choice for the person they are all supporting. When the supported individual is able to voice his/her opinion, it becomes somewhat easier to ensure the decision is their own. When communication is limited or difficult, the context of the relationship becomes more salient. Relationships are social connections that humans build to feel loved, protected, valued and provide a sense of belonging. Humans, in our techy-savvy world, fail to remember that communication in relationships is done through non-verbal behaviours, touches, gestures and context. If we are listening and observing carefully to the other person, desires and wants are expressed. The authentic advocate is listening!
What does authentic advocacy mean to you?