February is known to be a month of love and the stores are filled with Valentine Day’s gifts, products etc. Valentine Day also known as Saint Valentine Day is historically a feast day where we celebrate love and affection. We exchange gifts, cards, flowers, romantic dinners etc. with our loved ones and the day’s history comes from Valentine’s expression of love to a young girl who visited him during his prison confinement. Before his death (allegedly killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons) he apparently signed this letter – “From your Valentine”.

There is often a debate around the significance or the necessity of just dedicating one day to celebrate or express love. Whilst the debate might be necessary to keep our sanity levels as humans for me its about a symbolic day to rekindle our love and passion.

Love can be for someone, for oneself, for a cause, for an object, for a situation – it does not really matter. What really matters is the energy we put behind it and it’s about knowing that is a vehicle, platform or tool to express our passion. We often do not know what our passion in life is and we tend to engage in a myriad of activities ostensibly in pursuit of our passion.

2016 is a very significant year in the SA’s calendar of events and history. It’s a year that we, amongst others, celebrate 60 years of the infamous women’s march to the Union buildings. How best to celebrate this milestone in our history than to use the space and time to remember those heroines by rekindling our love and passion.

I am very passionate about the significant role that women (young and old) play in holding families together, making organisation succeed, nurturing the young and doing everything in their power to make the world we live in a better place.

In 2016 I am proud to be associated with an initiative aimed at recognizing women’s passion, contributions and achievements named – Women Diamond Jubilee Series, with events that are being held throughout the country.

Commencing on the 4th of March 2016 in Sandton and the 11 of March in East London these are celebratory events to recognize sisterhood, embrace love and rekindle our passions. For further info please contact Ziyanda@zenandeleadership.com or 012 998 7337. Be part of this significant series or even better give somebody a valentine gift buy buying her a ticket to these events.

Happy Valentine’s Day