It’s getting close to the New Year, and you know what that means. Yes, it’s time to come up with our New Year’s resolutions, those polite fictions in which we swear that this will be the year we’ll lose those five pounds (which have become ten since we first resolved to lose them), eat right, drink less, make new friends, and stop wasting time playing Candy Crush. And read more. All those things that will make us better human beings. I told you they were fiction.
This year I’m going to take a different approach. All those good-for-me things should be on my to-do list anyway. Instead, I’m going to try some good-for-someone-else resolutions.
First, I resolve to help get the word out about the Mercy Health Clinic. I’ve been on the board of directors for about a year now, and have learned a lot about the people who come to Mercy for health care, folks who can’t afford or don’t qualify for insurance. Many patients’ lives literally depend on Mercy Health Clinic. I’ve also learned a lot about the people who provide the care, busy professionals who could step back and leave it to others but instead step up. There are heart wrenching and uplifting stories here, and if you heard more of them I think you’d want to help, too.
Next, I resolve to reach out more often to people who are important to me, and not just on Facebook. I was reminded rudely this month that we don’t get to keep our dear ones forever or even as long as we think we will. An old friend from a long-ago workplace, with whom I’d once been very close but hadn’t seen in years, now lies in a coma on life support after an accident. Her prognosis is not good. She and I had moved to different cities and saw each other in person rarely but when we did, it was as if no time had passed. We laughed and cried together as easily as we did back then. And now I’ve very likely run out of chances to see her again, to tell her how much her friendship meant to me during a most turbulent period in my life. So in B’s honor, I’ll try to not take the length of life’s highway for granted.
Finally, I resolve to be kinder and look for the best in people. This could be hard, I admit. I’m a cynic and voracious news junkie, and it could be tough to stay upbeat while breathing in that miasma of toxic rhetoric every day. My strategy (besides cutting down on my miasma consumption) will be to surround myself with good, decent people doing good, decent things for people who need help. Come to think of it, I think I have this one covered.
Best wishes to you all for a happy and safe holiday season and New Year. See you in 2016!
— Pam Saussy, Board Member