I have always liked a good laugh and regardless of the client base I believe that a successful session is always accompanied by a few chuckles.
It can become more challenging when you have a room full of clients in different stages of cancer as you inadvertently don’t want to say anything that will trigger a painful response. Humor must be used carefully, a lesson that I have learned the hard way.
So one of my techniques when I have a group is to reveal a bit of unusual history or read something that they may have not heard of before. I think if you can spike their curiosity in an innocent and simple way, you
will always win their hearts. I found myself in that situation recently for my last class on the language of flowers.
I thought that a poem on flowers would be a suitable way to start the exercise but after going through a load of them, none really created the mood I was looking for. After reading Wordsworth’s poem, “The Daffodils,” however, I remembered an old Bullwinkle & Rocky cartoon from my misspent youth that could do the trick.
“Now that we have finished with the mechanics of how to put together a tussie-mussy, I think that a poem would be a nice way to start,” I said. I saw some discomfort and visual groans as I turned my computer to my clients. Show time!
But the groans soon turned to grins as all seemed bemused by the Moose-like rendition of an English classic that all had heard many years ago.