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By contactus@intelicarehs.com
December 30, 2016
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"All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need."

~All You Need is Love by the Beatles

Love is what makes the world go round. However you want to say it, love is important in our lives. We need family who loves us, and we need friends who love us. We weren't meant to go through this life alone. This past week I grabbed a drink with some of my friends. We had a good time, and it was a great reminder how important it is to invest time into our friendships. Relationships with others takes time, there's no way around it. Time=Love for a lot of people. Are you spending enough time with people that you love? What relationships do you want to build on in 2017? When it comes down to it, life is about relationships. How will you go about managing yours this next year?

I hope you have a Happy and blessed New Year, and get surrounded with love. After all, "love is all you need."

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

 


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
December 23, 2016
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Everybody has traditions they follow whether they realize it or not. Tonight, my family is starting a new tradition, we'll be going to our church's living nativity. Then this Christmas weekend, we'll be doing our usual Christmas time traditions. The only change planned is making crepes for breakfast instead of french toast Christmas morning. Traditions are a great thing, and can be created at anytime. Traditions come and go, but some are harder to let go than others. Especially when you've been doing it for X amount of years. The higher X is, the harder it is to let go. Nostalgia is a very powerful thing after all. So are traditions. Does that mean that we have to follow them though? Not necessarily. If you've had a loss of a loved one, and a tradition is too painful to complete, skip it! It's ok, really, it is. Try something new this year. I recently heard that getting through grief, because we never get over it, requires motion. We need to "keep moving forward," just like they said in the movie "Meet the Robinsons."

By the way, this website "What's Your Grief" is a great website to check out:
http://www.whatsyourgrief.com/forty-five/

I hope you have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah, and a Happy New Year!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

 

 

 

 

 

 


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
December 16, 2016
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It's cold outside! I don't know where you are, but here in Novi it's a chilly 9 degrees out. It got me thinking about how cold it gets this time of year for our bodies, but how on the inside, family and friends can help warm up our souls. What do I mean by that? All four holidays at the end of December have at least this one thing in common, they are meant to be shared with family and friends. Christmas isn't mean to be done by opening up your presents by yourself. On Hannukah, Latkes aren't meant to be made just for you. It's the same with Kwanzaa, it's meant to be a feast with others. New Years Eve and celebrating the new year traditionally involve going to parties or having friends or family over...

That being said, not all of us have family or friends to go to to warm up our souls. Or, we may have them, but with recent loss in our lives, we don't feel like connecting with others. It's ok if you don't feel like spending time with others, but consider this analogy in the long term with your relationships. A log that is in the fire stays warm, but a log that is taken out of the fire slowly dies out. We all need time apart from others, but it's important to get back together with family and friends to "keep warm."

Stay warm everybody!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

 


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
December 09, 2016
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"Success doesn't come to you, you go get it."
                                            ~Marva Collins

Success means a lot of different things to different people. For some, that means financial wealth, good health, a long and happy life, a strong business or secure job, or even having lots of kids. For others, it may mean to just get through the day without falling apart emotionally. Over my 30 years on this Earth, I've learned that most of what we "achieve" in life is through effort. We don't graduate school by not doing our homework. We don't keep our jobs if we don't show up. We don't move on from emotional hurt and tragedy if we don't work through it. Success in all forms takes effort, so just like Marva said, we have to "go get it." Today, with the holidays and New Year approaching, I want you to think about what you want to "go get" this next year. Is it to reach a career goal? Is it getting through that event that hurt you emotionally that you want to heal from? Is it some other personal improvement goal?

Why wait until January 1st to start?

This life is short, and we don't know how long it will last. Don't wait to start on your goals, start now! As they say, "Carpe Diem."

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
December 02, 2016
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"There never is enough time in each day." For those that are taking care of loved ones with health issues, I'm sure that more than of a few of you feel that way. There is always something that needs to be done, whether for your loved one, or your job, your family, or around the house. People place their demands on you and you feel like gumby being pulled in all directions. Ultimately, even with all the chaos around you, you need to take time for yourself. I can already hear you say "How can I? Don't you know I have this, this, and this that need to be done???" I hear you. If you've ever flown though, remember what they tell us about putting on your oxygen mask? You have to put yours on first, and then help others around you.

You're no good to those around you if you don't first take care of yourself. A well has to be filled with water before a bucket can dip in it and take water out. That is what self-care is all about, making sure your well is filled so that you can take that water and give it to others who need it (like the loved one you are taking care of). There are tons of things that you can do to fulfill this, and I recommend you check out our Pinterest page for some of those ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/intelicarehs/self-care-and-health/

I hope you take the time today to recharge your batteries, and start taking good care of yourself. You won't regret it.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)