There are some funny ones: March is national umbrella month (the 13th is open an Umbrella Indoors Day), the 1st is "Dadgum, that's good day", and the 3rd full week of March is National Introverts Week (yes, I stayed home all that week, lol!). March is also Procrastination Month ( I would have told you sooner, but ... haha). On a serious note, there is also Universal Human Beings Week, which I would hope would just be every week.
The social work profession is close to my heart. It is the professional and philosophical lens through which I frame and engage in helping others. March is national Professional Social Work Month, and the 20th is World Social Work Day. It is a profession of HOPE and promotes values and ethics that resonate within my heart and soul. Early in my graduate school program, an educator said, "Have the hope that all people can change, but have the knowledge that not everyone will". I have carried this with me for years and remind myself of this regularly. The following social work values and ethics inform my practice and perspective: dignity and worth of person, the importance of human relationships, and self-determination. I approach those I serve with an open curiosity about their stories and seek to connect on a basic human basis. I incorporate strengths into the mosaic of needs and seek to remind others of their gifts and abilities they may not see.
I encourage us all to take any opportunity to feed our hearts and souls with care and love! Even if it seems a small gesture or practice. We talk about self-care often in helping professions and may neglect the practice ourselves. Have fun, make laughter, give and accept respect, appreciate the self and others, choose love, acknowledge your awesomeness!
~Take good care, Suzannah