After being laid off a year ago, I knew I was at a cross-road. I initially focused on getting the health care I needed before my insurance ended. Then I dedicated myself to finding meaningful work.
Frightened of what may come, I struggled to make the house payment using what little savings I had. I went through waves of overwhelming fear and depression. Who hires a 59 year old woman in this economy???
Recognizing the opportunity in front of me, I submitted my application to volunteer at Evergreen Hospice while also looking for work full time. I went to the hospice volunteer interview and completed the health requirements (which were extensive).
Having lost my only brother at a very young age and both parents a while ago, I knew that coming to terms with my mortality was important for my spiritual growth.
After about four months of being unemployed, I accepted a local offer for a good position. Feeling relieved and glad to get back to work, I planned a short solo road trip retreat.
I had just started my new job so I postponed my hospice volunteer training. Then I had to postpone it again when work required 60 hours each week. I also needed to get probate going and fulfill my sister’s last wishes.
Today I finally went to Day One of my hospice volunteer training and I felt emotionally overwhelmed. It felt like I belonged and had come home. A full day tomorrow and then again next Saturday and I’ll be ready to begin my one year volunteer commitment.
Doing this is my purpose. I can’t begin to explain the intensity of finally knowing my post-child raising path.
Feeling blessed beyond imagination.