AT&T has put out some funny commercials, ending with the line, “It’s not complicated.” The “Which is better?” question comes up each time I am the Master of Ceremonies for a patient who is graduating from Vision Therapy.
In his book “Boys Adrift”, Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. reviews how much more important it is to be identified as a “Hard Worker” than identified as “Being Smart.” Although being smart is great (and working smart is even better), we all know smart people who don’t do anything with it. We also know many people are simply hard working, and accomplish great things with their lives.
When an individual graduates from Vision Therapy, I give them their certificate of completion,
and let them know that the seal represents how smart they are, and the ribbons represent how hard they work; and when things get tough, they can look at that certificate and know, because they are smart and a hard worker, they will be able to get through it.
Vision Therapy is an art and a science; we know that the science works – the “art part” requires a little finesse, a little encouragement and often a little seal and a set of ribbons.
Carl G. Hillier, OD FCOVD