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Say no to bullying!

Updated on March 8, 2013
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An experienced integrative healthcare professional & Member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists

Although bullying happens in every age,race and culture, we shouldn't have to surrender to it and allow it to continue. All of us can take a stand right now whether it be to help others who need us or even ourselves.

The common cause behind bullying lies in the primitive core of envy or jealousy or a lack of understanding of others and the influences of prejudices passed down from one generation to the next. As a child, I have been faced with being bullied even from a young innocent age of four. I am very fortunate however for I had the support of my loved ones which gave me the strength and understanding to rise above these trying times.It wasn't an easy journey though I must add.

Having experienced from a being bullied perspective, I can relate to all of you out there who are faced with bullying in reality. I am fortunate to have had the strength and understanding to use my experience and put my two cents worth to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. Bullies should not be allowed to run rampant in this universe, each of us has the ability to stand up for others if not for ourself. It begins with one person, the power of the one to begin this revolution and say o to bullying. Let it spread like wild fire.

The human mind is a very complex thing. There's a very well known saying that says,"sticks and stones may break my bones but words will not hurt me". In fact, life is so much to the contrary to this saying because external wounds may very well heal in time but words stay with us forever and can hurt us to the depth of our psyche and affect our thought and belief system, our minds that shape who we all are as individuals.

To all bullies out there, have a serious think about the above and consider how you as a person can affect another in a very significant way, in such a way that you in effect have the power to either destroy someone else's life or if you choose wisely, you can seriously ponder on your past deeds and change for the better and choose to make somebody's life much better instead of in a bad and harmful way. You may think that what you are currently doing by bullying is right or perhaps you may feel good at hurting someone else and at the expense of their pain. But you can't be more wrong!!! Remember that life is a continuous cycle, a wheel that revolves, a wheel of Karma, of actions and reactions for whatever you send out there, you will get back times three (based on the universal law).

For those out there who face the reality of bullying, you are not alone. I have been there too. Find strength from those around you. It may be your family, friends, teachers, religious leaders or someone you respect and know or admire. Talk to someone. Speak out. Don't hide and disappear without a sound. Bullies know who to pick on. Sometimes when you choose to let it dominate your lives, it will so the more you succumb to the impacts of bullying, the more bullying will stay in your lives. It can be as simple as saying "No" with conviction and talking an discussing these issues with your support network. If you are in danger, speak out, report everything and anything that has happened so that there is at least a record of these happenings and incidences. This can benefit not only yourself but also helps prevent or deter these bullies from continuing on their rampage against you or those around you that you may or may not know. Without putting a stop to them and keeping them in check, this evil force can become bigger and greater that it has ever been and become unstoppable only in a matter of time. You may be one person but you have the immense ability to effect change, good change in your life and those of others.

In work situations, bullying can exist in the form of sexual or other types of harassment, forcing you to go against ethics in some instances to plain abusing of authority. We are all humans. We are all born equal and we are all not without sin. Nothing validates the presence of bullying in the workplace or any other situation. My advice is to join a Union and getting in touch with Fair Work Australia, organisations that can back you up and advise you on your rights and entitlements and what employers or co-workers can or cannot do. This is a good backup and weapon to have behind you.Knowledge is power and having this support will definitely assist you and protect you against these types of bullying and at least keep these bullies in check and to think twice about pulling it off with you or somebody else in future.

It is important for families and friends to communicate regularly so we can all be in tune and aware of what is going on in their lives and provide help when it is warranted. Too many people have suffered because of this lack of effective communication and I cannot stress enough how vital this is to any healthy relationship. Too many issues have already been overlooked and not addressed but it does not have to be this way. Stay together people, stay strong and support one another for we are all created in this world for a reason and let that reason be for good and not evil.

May all of us become better people with every action we do in this life. Make it count for the better.


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