Holidays are celebrated differently around the world; however, it seems that there is a consistent theme for Valentines Day- LOVE- symbolized by a heart. And we each have a heart. The pandemic has caused many of us to rethink what is important- the isolation that we have experienced and the uncertainty of what comes next has caused many of us to reconsider our priorities and begin to cherish in a much deeper way those individuals who mean so much to us. We have also started looking at ourselves differently and come to realize that loving ourselves and treating ourselves as we would a best friend is not selfish but selfless- because if we care for ourselves it enables us to show up as best as we can for ourselves which benefits those who are important in our lives. It allows us to show up as our best selves for others. So, this year, as we think of Valentines Day, we can certainly think of it as we have traditionally- romantic love for a partner. But I hope that we take the time to shower love on others- our friends our families and ourselves. Happy V day!!
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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.