These days, when we have the chance to talk to someone, the question, "How are you doing?" might come from either of us. A writer named Omid Safi suggested that maybe the better question is, "How's your heart?" meaning, at this very moment, as you take this very breath, please truly share with me: what's in your heart right now?
I encourage us to really think about this as a way to help us express and thus process and thus heal in the midst of it all. So, on this day, as we work on wading through difficult times, I am asking us all, for the sake of our children and ourselves, to consider "How is our heart?" Because our hearts are hurting, tired and so scared of so many things. That's trauma, and we and our families, regardless of what our family looks like or how we think our family is doing are all living with trauma! And while life might get better, it will get hard again, hopefully not this hard, and it is important that we show our children how to travel through times like these. The are watching us. We owe them more.
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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.