Keeping the Faith
Exhaustion, confusion, uncertainty…2020…..then 2021….excitement…..relief….. then …still 2021, NOW, more uncertainty, exhaustion, confusion, fear, even more this time…what to do, how to cope. Just when we thought it might be a bit safer, it’s not. Fear lives in the future and calls to us, causing our minds to be out of control while we try to control everything and never succeed. But please know that there is something we can do..all of us.. we can create a self-care plan for ourselves and our family. We can’t control other people or the covid virus but we can make good decisions about how we are going to try to live, and do our best to stick with it. We can practice slow breathing when we get upset or fear starts to take over; we can hold each other tightly and let each other know how much we care. We can work hard to help each other calm down when we can’t stop thinking about how hard things are. And we can do everything we can to keep ourselves healthy. We must stay focused on what we can do, not what we can’t. There is some peace in coming to understand what we can do and being okay with what we can’t. All we can do is try. Let’s try together!
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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.