Thursday, October 8, 2015

Three Simple Ways You Can Make A Difference During The Month Of October: Bullying Prevention Month

OK~ October has rolled around, again. October is also bullying prevention month and I honestly have to wonder if we are making strides in the right direction. I would like to think we are, and I do believe there are communities that are making a positive difference when it comes to bullying. Just yesterday I read this story that made my heart ache. This whole world of bullying and cyberbullying can be classified as a slippery slope, as it often seems nobody cares.



In my local world, in the past week, two events were brought to light that have been happening for more than 20 years. It seems that locals have known about these events and finally, 20+ years later, thanks to social media, someone has been bold enough to share the outrage that should have came about more than 20 years ago.

I have a difficult time trying to figure out why people can be so mean. I was brought up in a home where niceness mattered and believe me, I learned at an early age what it was like to have a conscience. I have always said that I would never make a good used car salesman. Sorry- if you are a used car salesman, but I could never do your job! I spent the last evening contemplating as to how we can change all of this, as one thing continues to snowball into another.

Here are three simple ways that you can make a difference when it comes to bullying during the month of October and forever more:

BE NICE

Make the time to be nice to others. This includes smiling and talking to people. And it is possible to be nice on social media. Reach out to someone through an actual card that you send through snail mail or send a nice message through social media. Niceness does matter and it is a valuable trait to use in your personal and professional life.

SAY THANK YOU

The two words Thank You are very easy to say and can make a difference. Often times the teenager that is taking your order at your local fast food establishment is taken for granted and not treated with much respect from restaurant patrons. Be the person that makes a difference and say, "Thank you."


SHOW EMPATHY

Empathy is simply the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Put yourselves in the other person's shoes and you may quickly change your tone and your words. If you are a parent, I challenge you to show your kids what empathy is. Encourage them to reach out to the student that sits alone at the school lunch table. When kids  have to think about how others feel in specific situations, they should learn how important it is to show empathy.

And one more thing.... if i see the word F*** (printed like this) on any more ads for campaigns for good, I think I will pull my hair out. I am thinking that they are trying to market to the younger crowd, but can you say fail? I am thinking the professional marketeers think that by using asterisks, it's all good. Really? Can we all just be nice?

When folks in communities are nice, say thank you and learn what empathy is, we can all say we live in safer communities. This does not seem like rocket science to me, it's all about living life with a conscience and being a good friend. How will you make a difference during the month of October and forever more? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


2 comments:

  1. Empathy is huge! You never know where someone else is coming from.

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    1. I do not think a lot of people even know what empathy is. Donna- the work you are doing in your church will help those kids know what empathy is. You ARE making a difference!

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