Bullying Let’s Stop A Bullet Together
Be a Part of the Solution Stop the Bullet
Bullying sad attempt at loftiness
Stop the bleeding before it starts
Bullying is becoming an epidemic. The ill-effects are now hitting every population, starting as young as pre-school. These victims have limited resources to process both the consequences and the impact of its bullet. Bullying is altering our playgrounds. Are they a place for imaginary play or a maze through a living nightmare?
So, why do we do it? What does anyone accomplish by tearing down another person? Why can’t we see we all have our part in bullying?
- Do we say nothing, standby in silence?
- Do we know we should speak up but are thankful not to be the target?
- Are we even aware that we are tormenting when bullying?
- Can bullying be an overt action?
- Can it be covert?
- Maybe it’s a mean look or opinionated glare. A feeling left to go wild and poison so many allowing rapid growth? I suppose it depends on your bullet of choice.
- Could it be a spark of our inadequacy fearing we must take the attention off our imperfections?
- Did we want to stop potential damage after the fact?
- Is it possible that once we release the bullet we wanted to jump in front of it before it landed on its target, but it was too late?
Often we plan to stop it and don’t know how getting trapped in our web. Struggling in pain as we can not untangle the vicious threads of our constant banter.
Let's stop the bullet!
How about we try to be more aware of its sting? What if we pray together to make it an offense of the past? Do we need to put a seatbelt on bullying before someone else gets hurt?
As a society, we have vigilance on the child safety seat with car seat inspections before taking our little one’s home from the hospital. Once they’re home, we forget to educate the need for safety in the community. We are holding little ones and everyone accountable for not being bullies.
Little comments start passed off as humor. Negativity gains more attention as we distract from interaction face to face, and immersed in technology. People forget the impact of a look or a sneer as no one is looking at the heart. We are busy primping for the Selfie, retouching the friend photo and lying to ourselves that we still seek community and closeness.
Loneliness is a casualty of this technological separation and bitterness roots. Then it seeds growing rampant with thistle and binds in hurt, revenge, and eventual attack. Whether conscious or conditioned to the societal norm of making fun, putting down, trying to feel better about self, the truth is we take attention off of our weakness to self-preserve. Deep down, there is a distinct uneasiness as it never releases pain when we harm another but perpetuates more suffering.
While we are a society of hurt people hurting people, when does it stop? Though it may seem frivolous in a world of temptation and evil, the random act of kindness can become an epidemic if we attend to it half as much as social media, phones, and the nightly news. While not all news is wrong, it appears the world and people focus on that which is sensational and dramatized. The goal of separation is to arouse adverse reaction, as opposed to the positive spin or attempt to make the world driven toward genuine kindness.
We don’t want to lose anyone else to bullying, and we don’t want you to be its next victim. There needs to be a call to kindness and being present. Thinking before speaking and or reacting. Attention to the aftermath of the bullet of bullying, either overtly or covert.
What if instead of knocking someone down we help to pick someone up? How about we all work on treating others the way we should, with kindness and acceptance? Could we learn from our mistakes and hold one another accountable not with a judging eye, but a forgiving heart?
You may be the bully, or you may be the target, but believe it or not in this life you are a sinner, so my guess is you’ve been both. We can change this; learn a new way, a better and more loving and honest way. A Godly centered way would be an impressive start. One day at a time with a clean slate, no matter what we have done, He forgives. He died for us, so no one else has to. We have to keep learning to live like HIM. Luke 6:31 do to others as would have them do to you let's STOP A BULLET together! PEACE
© 2012 Kathy Henderson