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January 2021 E-News
Get Well - Stay Well
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship."

I am sick and tired of worrying about getting sick. And tired. The pandemic has left us wondering if a simple trip to the grocery store could send us into quarantine, the hospital or worse. The losses of the past year have been staggering for some and significant for everyone.

Because of this, our theme for 2021 is “Get Well-Stay Well: Lighting the Path to Well-Being.” As we all hunger to get better and stay better in 2021, Lumunos has something important to offer. While well-being has been a trend for a decade or so, Lumunos has been talking about it since the 1920’s. 

There are many paths to well-being, but three have been at the heart of our mission for a long time:
Connect: Finding places of belonging and deepening our relationships.

Reflect: Spiritual practices and other renewal activities to help us grow deeper in self understanding and God understanding. 
Engage: Finding ways to make the world a better place—through our work, our volunteer opportunities and our commitment to the common good that  stretches far beyond our own personal needs.

I hope we can provide a little light for your well-being journey this year through one of our online events (see below), blog posts, videos, monthly e-news or print newsletters (contact becca@lumunos.org if you'd like to join the mailing list). Also, stay tuned for some exciting new content throughout the year.

Doug sig
Beginnings and Endings
One Year Later

A year ago, I wrote a piece for the Lumunos E-News called Relationships: Beginnings and Endings, in which I explored a couple of challenges I foresaw for the upcoming year—welcoming a new baby into our family and starting the long process of saying goodbye to my dad who has Alzheimer’s.

These challenges came to bear, but it’s still almost funny to look back. In January of 2020, none of us knew the extent of what was coming.

It bears saying that although my family and I encountered challenges, like giving birth during quarantine and trying to nurture our preschooler’s social development through a pandemic, we have been tremendously fortunate not to have lost a loved one, contracted COVID, or lost our livelihoods. And I am happy to report that my now 4-year-old daughter adores her 9-month-old brother. Of course, there have been moments of jealousy and conflict, but, overall, it has been truly heartwarming to see their relationship develop. They make each other laugh, they play, and they snuggle.

I am also happy to report that I have had two very special and meaningful visits with my dad this year. We took strict COVID precautions in order to travel to Michigan to be with him. I am so grateful for the loving and devoted care that my stepmom provides him. And we are fortunate that Alzheimer’s has distilled his personality down to its endearing core. He may not know the way to the bathroom, but he’s still cracking jokes, expressing his deep gratitude, and asking those around him how they’re doing.

Last year, Lumunos helped me prepare for these important relationship transitions, which in turn, contributed to a sense of well-being I might otherwise have struggled to find. The longer I work for Lumunos, the greater understanding I have of well-being—it is a journey. We are unfinished. In the words of the inspiring, young inaugural poet Amanda Gorman:

Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation
that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished…
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.

Becca Perry-Hill
Reflection Question
In times of transition and uncertainty what gives you a sense of well-being?
Upcoming Events
"PT for the Soul: Breathing in the New Year"

Self-Care and Resiliency Tools
Led by Dan Quinlan
January 29th, 7 pm ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Book Club
"Women Becoming"

Discussing Shonda Rhime's Year of Yes
Led by Becca Perry-Hill
February 3rd, 11 am ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Retreat
"Brave Enough to Be It:
Standing Under the Words of Amanda Gorman and MLK Jr."

Led by Doug Wysockey-Johnson
February 13th, 10 am - 1 pm ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Book Club
"Women Becoming"

Discussing Madeleine L'Engle's A Circle of Quiet
Led by Becca Perry-Hill
March 3rd, 11 am ET

To learn more, click here.
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Keep in Touch
Let us know what we can do for you.

Doug Wysockey-Johnson doug@lumunos.org    
Dan Quinlan dan@lumunos.org 
Rebecca Perry-Hill becca@lumunos.org
Alice Barbera alice@lumunos.org