My crystal ball is a little hazy as I write this column, so I will just share some thoughts and dreams with you as I think about 2019.
Thinking globally, I am hopeful that we have a more peaceful year on the political scene. I wish and pray for stability, thoughtful and collaborative decision-making, and most importantly, visible evidence that the good of the whole is the primary focus for all those who have been chosen to lead our city, our state and our nation. On the international scene, may there be open dialogue demonstrated by sincere listening, deliberation and collegiality. May there be an end to discord and violence throughout our country. May we truly strive for and achieve peace in our world, starting right here at home!
From a personal and professional standpoint, I hope to be supportive of family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and those with whom I share a bond of faith. Listening and being present is the best gift that I can give each as we move into the New Year together. I want to personally remember and remind all my readers that volunteerism is a gift that keeps on giving. The task, phone call, errand or participation in an event touches both the giver and the receiver. The nature of volunteerism is to put others ahead of self. In doing so, let us appreciate the richness of the experience which can be life-changing. Let’s think more about giving of ourselves to a cause that speaks to us.
I believe that the three virtues – faith, hope and love – will help us actualize these goals and dreams. So my wish for you, each of my readers, is that your heart and home is filled with in abundance of faith, hope and love in 2019.
Jeanne West is a Registered Nurse and has nearly 50 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and building relationships with patients. She is also a health consultant throughout the Santa Barbara community and has worked with numerous organizations including the Area Agency on Aging, Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning (formerly SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning), Maravilla Senior Living Community, and DASH Santa Barbara. She recently became a board member for the Parkinson’s Association Santa Barbara chapter and serves on the advisory board for Villa Caridad at St. Vincent’s.