Monday, August 9, 2010

First day of orientation

My last day in the office for my last job was 5/27. I have enjoyed the freedom of the days since then, but today felt like a new beginning. I listened to overviews of hospice work and some details about programs. I was reminded all over again how much I believe that this is where I am supposed to be.

The Credo on my name badge reads: Our life's work is not just a job - it's a calling. We are ordinary people called to do extraordinary work; to comfort - to heal - to love.

We value the sacredness of each human encounter, and seek to make a difference, one life at a time.

We honor our history and tradition as healers and embrace the knowledge that care of the body means little without ease of the soul. We believe the Hospice experience transforms lives, ours and those whom we serve.

As I found out when I did the internship at a hospice near Chicago, I was blessed in so many ways and I received so much more than I ever could give. For me, hospice is life-giving. To die well, you surely must live well. And sometimes, you just need someone with a unobstructed view to show you the way.

Early on in the decision to move to FL, I had to ask a question, "if I walk down this road, where will it lead in the long run - toward or away from the me I want to be?" I may never quite arrive, but I am on a path toward the person I want to be.


  1. I still think you were a phenomenal vball coach. I had the best time when you were the coach because you got the best out of everyone and really knew how to build up others. You also knew how to get us to work as a team. I know you will do a great job in this as well.

  2. Thanks Janet. I have been privileged in many ways to enjoy jobs and people that I have worked with all along the way. I loved coaching and in a way, feel like I will use similar skills. Thanks for the kind words.