Rachel Harrington | CIS of Mid-America’s Field Director of Prevention Services
I attended the ESSDACK Moving the Needle Conference for the first time in October, 2018. It was there that I had the privilege of hearing a gentleman by the name of James Moffett speak. If you know him and/or have had the opportunity to hear him at a conference, you may quickly find yourself replaying the message that he expresses to students, “I love you and there’s nothing you can do about it.” For me, hearing that keynote was a game-changer, not only for how I interpreted the use of the word, but how it is or isn’t used in specific settings.
So, what’s love got to do with it? Love – that four letter word that we are often afraid to use, especially in a professional or school setting. We may ponder it’s appropriateness as well as how other’s may perceive the use of it. But what if we did? What if we blatantly said it and purposefully showed it each and every day?
What does love do? It inspires, offers hope, encouragement, and substance to our lives. It fosters authentic conversations and relationship building. It breaks barriers, establishes healing, remedial relationships that has the power to bridge gaps, while channeling connectedness to other human beings. Love sees the uniqueness of ourselves and each other, the delightful similarities, yet the beautiful differences.
Love: say it, show it, feel it, and simply be it.