After watching a television show about bullying this evening, I realized what I hope to be thankful for on a Thanksgiving in the near future.
I want to be able to say to my family and friends one day that I am thankful the element of bullying has been vanquished from the human persona. I want to be able to toast my glass to the knowledge that no child or adult will ever have to endure the taunts, shoves, or cyber attacks of another human being. I want everyone to shout "Here, Here!" and tap their glasses together in happy acknowlegment of this fantastic human achievement.
It is not an impossible dream. It is not just wishful thinking. I believe that it can happen. And, I know that I must help in order for it to come about.
So, I will no longer be silent about how I feel about bullies. I will not be a passive participant in the fight against bullying.
Instead, I will stand up for those who need someone to speak for them regardless of how my companions feel. I will model how to coexist with others of different faiths, genders, backgrounds, etc... I will work to turn former bullies into people willing to intervene on the behalf of those being bullied. I will try to make a difference so my hope for the future can become a reality.
Now...what are you willing to do to create a bully-free world? Take a minute and ask yourself. Are you brave enough to take a stand also?
Until another thought blooms...
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.