What is so special about February 14th? It’s the day we show others we like or love them, care about them, have feelings for them. “I love you” comes in many shapes and forms of expression. How do we do that? On Valentine’s Day, we give our special person or people gifts, such as flowers, chocolate, jewelry, and of course, a Valentine’s card. Remember in grammar school, when we gave valentines to our classmates? We would get so excited to see who gave us a card! Now, fast forward as an adult… To those that we care about, we tend to express our feelings towards others in a loving, kind and thoughtful way. But what if a person has hurt, angered, disappointed or even broken our heart? Should we show those that have wronged us love and/or forgiveness on this one day or any day? This is one of the most challenging things we will face in life. It’s difficult to have a forgiving heart when a parent, sibling, spouse, friend, or even an employer has hurt us. This emotional, physical and/or mental pain that caused or is causing the anguish is unhealthy. How do we forgive? The first step to start to forgive is to choose to let go of the feelings of hurt and pain. Talking to someone that is understanding, listens and is supportive can help put things in perspective. Forgiveness is the best form of love or caring. It takes a strong person to say they are sorry, but a stronger person to forgive. EAN counselors are here to provide guidance and help on the journey of forgiveness. It’s easy to schedule a confidential appointment. Just call 828.252.5725 or 800.454.1477 or contact us via email at https://www.eannc.com/contact/ .