So, there’s this guy who goes golfing and when he’s leaving the 18th green he says that he’s going to go jump in the nearby lake and drown himself. His caddie says under his breath that he wouldn’t do it because he can’t keep his head down that long.
Now it’s not the funniest joke ever, but when was the last time someone stopped you on the street or called you on the phone and told you a joke? Is it just me or is joke telling becoming a lost art? Why don’t we tell jokes any more?
In this business, we could all use a few more good jokes. With that in mind, I’ve decided to have a contest with my employees. I’m going to give them one month to gather jokes from our patients and their families and each will have a chance to tell his favorite one at our last staff meeting before Christmas. The funniest one wins a prize.
As we enter the holidays, those of us in the hospice field will be working with families who may well be experiencing their worst holiday season ever. Here’s to telling a few more jokes and trying to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark situation.