I’ve been advocating for several months to get Chicken Soup for the Soul to create a book of stories about the healing power of recreational therapy.
I’ve met a lot of resistance.
I’ve contacted Chicken Soup by mail and they’ve said “no,” too narrow of a topic.
I drove to Chicago one weekend to meet Jack Canfield, the co-creator of Chicken Soup to get his support and he sent my message on to Chicken Soup (a company and brand that he sold). – but they still said no.
I’ve created an online petition to request them to create the book (but only 400 signatures) – but Chicken Soup said “no.” – They need millions of signatures.
I’ve contacted NCTRC and asked them to submit a letter to Chicken Soup, but they didn’t because the mission of NCTRC to is protect the public from harm.
I ‘ve contacted ATRA and asked them to write a letter to Chicken Soup, but they said it wouldn’t be fair to all the members of ATRA.
My last letter from Chicken Soup said “return to sender.”
Emotions: I feel invalidated. I feel rejected. I feel distressed.
But don’t despair.
I Danny Pettry am determined. I promise that I’ll continue to advocate until this book project gets approved.
I’m going to get this book published. I hope with Chicken Soup.
I really think Chicken Soup is making a huge mistake to disregard recreational therapy.
My second choice is Hay House. My team has reached out to them and they are open to book proposals. What do you think?
I have another appointment to meet with Jack Canfield in 2017 in Philly. I’ll keep you posted.
Have you ever thought of how many days you have left until you die?
The truth is: we all die. Ironically, it is the month of October.
My personal favorite theory in psychology and counseling is the existential theory created by Victor Frankl. It is a theory about finding meaning in life.
There is a really neat informal assessment tool to determine how many years you’ll have. It is one of the activity worksheets featured in the Leisure Education manual of resources by Elbert Chance and Norma Stumbo. The activity requires the participant to answer your questions about their life choices and it tells you how many years you’ll live. In example people who choose to smoke will take off a few numbers. Those who exercise can add a few numbers. I used this book as a young professional and still use it today.
We Rec Therapists provide services to help promote health, wellness, independent functioning for people.
One of my mentors, Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul) book series (who is also from West Virginia) showed me this awesome youtube video titled: “The Time You Have (in JellyBeans).
You might want to share this video with the patients/ clients that you provide services for.
I [Danny Pettry] believe I’m pretty self-aware of who I am and what I want to accomplish in several areas of my life: family/ social, contribution, financial, health/ wellness, and my profession.
Please check out my “About” page at my web-site to learn more about my [Danny Pettry] goals for our profession: Recreational Therapy.
or go here: http://www.dannypettry.com/about.html
Here is my flyer: