A new year also brings goals that we hope to achieve in the coming year. I always have a goal of organizing my life; I clear out my closets and try to reduce the number of objects that surround me. If this is also one of your goals, please consider donating your unwanted clothes and housewares to one of Hospice’s three thrift stores, in Lakeport, Middletown, and Clearlake. Your donations will provide a new journey for those items in appreciative homes, and support the work we do.
I also always make a goal of taking care of myself by eating healthier, visiting the doctor, and enjoying recreational exercise (hiking). I have learned that my health is the most important part of living. I cannot spend time with family and friends, enjoy hobbies or even work, if I am not alive. So please make an effort to live a healthier life, so you can enjoy it.
Take care of your families and loved ones, too. If you know someone with a serious illness, or you suffer yourself, please call Hospice. Our compassionate team will come and talk with you about the services that we provide and how we can help. Hospice care is a free benefit, because our society and culture believes that no one should be alone, in pain, or anxious in the last part of their lives. The work we do is hard, but what makes it even harder is the number of times people tell us how they wish they would have called us sooner because hospice could have done more to help. Please help us by letting us help you.
Another goal I have each year is to spend time with family and friends. I used to say “I’ll see them next week”, or “I’ll call dad tomorrow”. I have learned the hard way, that I can’t put off people forever, they may not be there when I “find time” to spend with them. Don’t take anyone in your life for granted.
One goal I struggle with is being the nicest person in the world, every day. I am rarely successful because I let the small frustrations of life prevent that. But, every day I wake up with that goal. This is important for me, because I never know who I am going to interact with and what is going on in their lives. From the outside, I may not be able to tell that they are experiencing difficulty with their marriage, having financial difficulties, or that their aging parents aren’t doing well. Treating everyone with respect and kindness should be a goal for all of us.
I know the New Year is also hard for those of us who have lost those we love. It doesn’t matter if it was a few months ago or a decade ago, they have impacted our lives, and are forever in our memories. For those of you who have a difficult time letting your loved one go, please consider taking advantage of the many grief programs Hospice offers free of charge.
Happy New Year.
Corrigan Gommenginger, CHA