As End of Life Choices California completes its second year (first full year!) and we approach this coming new one, I am struck by what an immense undertaking beginning and developing EOLCCA has been. Claudia, Lynne and I have been running this non-profit organization as volunteers, and we continue to be successful in developing an amazing team of Client Advocate Volunteers who are trained and poised to help any Californian seeking information and/or support in their end of life wishes, at no charge. It is surprising how many people continue to be unable to access the information they need within their own health care systems. On the flip side, we are grateful for those systems that can and are willing to provide such information and support.
It’s been a difficult year globally. Everyone is feeling the effects of Covid-19 and the trickle down economic effect of the pandemic. Politics in the US, and elsewhere, has been tumultuous and painful to watch. One could become overwhelmed and feel undermined by it all. I think the feelings must be similar to someone who is facing a terminal illness. A whole life can change in an instant with a terminal diagnosis and the ensuing challenges that come.
An Act of Love
I am full of gratitude and hope in the work that we do. I believe that being of service to others is what makes the difference in the world. I googled “quotes about being in service” and there were so many good ones, I couldn’t pick a favorite. But for me, being of service is an act of love. And I am full of gratitude for our clients who give us the opportunity to engage in these acts of love, to our volunteers who step up to meet the needs of our clients, and our amazing Board of Directors who are donating their time and energy to help us grow in a sustainable way.
What the World Needs Now
I awakened this morning with a song in my head and heart that I hadn’t heard in a long time. I’m sharing it with you now as I think, even though it was recorded in 1966, it is still relevant today and portrays hope for the future. The song reflects my personal belief as to how we are going to overcome the woundedness and grief of this pandemic and of 2020 in general. There are nuggets of truth and joy and peace and wisdom in the woundedness if we look deeply enough.
I envision a better year for us ahead in 2021. May you find those nuggets of wisdom and peace in your own life. And, if you feel inspired to help an organization dedicated to being of service to the terminally ill and their families, we would be truly honored to accept your volunteer application or donation of any size.