The Glass

Britton witnessed a little boy get bullied at her school last week.
There is a boy in her class that is much shorter than everyone else. A 5th grader pushed him down on the playground, while onlookers stood watching. When the smaller 3rd grader stood up, the 5th grader pushed him back down again, hard- making him fall to the ground. He is someone’s baby too.

Seventeen Days Old

This story broke my heart and opened up the discussion with Britton about bullying- what to do when you witness it, how to stand up for your friends, and why people bully.
It is no secret- people, young or old, try to put others down, be it physically or mentally, for one reason and one reason only. To make themselves feel better. If you don’t feel good about who you are, by all means, cut someone else down, make them feel like less than who they really are, point out their flaws- it is an instant leg up to your own self esteem, right?

Someone loves his new sling…

I’ve never understood people, adults particularly, who are negative. Always finding the fault in others, quick to judge, to point out what’s wrong with others, to belittle your achievements {never themselves, of course}.  They just cannot seem to be genuinely happy for others. We all have someone like this in our family, or know someone, who is this way. It is disheartening for someone, like myself, who tends to view the glass  as half full, rather than half empty. Who likes to rejoice when others succeed and have multiple blessings. Like everyone, because life it too damn short. 
I am starting to learn, that as much as I like to give people the benefit of the doubt- oh, she’s just having a bad day or he doesn’t know any better– that more accurately, there is no excuse. People will show you who they are. No need for me to guess. I heard a great quote recently, that has stayed in my head.
When people show you who they are, believe them.

 

If they cannot share in your joy, your accomplishments, your blessings- then move on. It is better to surround yourself with those that care about you, just as much as you care about them, than it is to constantly interact with that someone, looking for a different response.
Because people will show you who they are, again and again. You can choose to believe them, or hope that they will some day change.
I say, believe them.

 

And then move on.
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