"The Occupational Therapy Address" by Abraotham Lincotln
Approximately four score and seven years ago, our OT founders brought forth, upon this nation, a new OT nation, conceived in occupation, and dedicated to the proposition that all men can find meaning.
Now we are engaged in a great health-care crisis, testing whether this occupational therapy career, or any career, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great insurance battle field of the Medicare cap war. We have come to dedicate a portion of this ongoing battle field, as a hopeful not final resting place for those who have dedicated their careers so that this profession might survive and not get minimized by insurance issues. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we cannot consecrate – we can not hallow – this insurance battlefield. The brave occupational therapists, living and dead (and especially Ora Ruggles, GO ORA WOO!), who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power (muscle strength 2+ or so) to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what these occupational therapists did here. It is for us the current OTs, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced in the name of occupational therapy. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great Centennial Vision task remaining before us – that from these honored OTs like Eleanor Clark Slagle, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave us the last measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these therapists shall not have fought in vain – that this nation, under the OTPF, shall have a new birth of freedom and diversity and evidence-basedness and client-centeredness, and that government of the therapists (AOTA), by the OTs (State Associations), for the OTs(AOTPAC), shall not perish from this earth just because of Medicare!
So…to address my exuberance…no, it's not caffeine….I promise in real life I'm a (somewhat) calm person. I just have lots of wacky ideas. Years ago, I was playing in some chat room and I encountered this lady who talked like THIS!!! YAY!! LOL!! EVERYTHING IS SO FUNNY!!!! YAY!!! LOLOLOL!! ROFL!! YAY!!! I found her hilarious. She made me laugh. And I decided that while I'm not quite THAT extreme, there is no harm in being a little overly enthusiastic and yay-ish at times…we all need some smiles in our lives. Speaking of which – the above “Address” is not meant to offend or make light of veterans – it's just a great speech to use! GO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY!! YAY!! LOL!!! YAY!!