The months are slowly marching on and we are expected to keep marching with them. And
many of us will, even though we’re not sure how we will do it, and thats fine. My prayer is that
we do so while saying out loud that this is hard, we are grieving, we are scared, we are
exhausted - all in the middle of being very grateful to be alive. I want us to be ok if all we did
today was put one foot in front of the other and move from one chair to another. If all we are
able to get done today is walk outside to try to breathe some outside air, then thats ok. Many
of us are not comfortable with talking about loss and grief, anger and uncertainty. Others will
make us feel uncomfortable when we aren’t acting like they want us to. Don’t let anyone tell
you that you should be ok. Honor yourself and try to sit with not being ok....and lean into it...
because thats the only way that ok might show up on the horizon. And we will all be there to
greet each other whenever we arrive.
Shawn M. Lacy, J.D.
Love to Langa Board Vice President, Shawn Lacy, is a Trauma Competent Trainer for Lakeside Global Institute, where she has the opportunity to share trauma principles, concepts and strategies with professionals and para professionals in various Pennsylvania communities. She comes at this work with a background in child advocacy, child welfare, early childhood education, behavioral health, human resources and leadership and organizational development.