My heart sinks, my stomach aches and my mind goes into another tailspin when I read about, and watch the story of 15 year old Amanda Todd, the BC teen who committed suicide after posting her tragic story on youtube, detailing the bullying she endured for years. She reminds me of many of the youth and adults I have had in sessions, creating puzzles, and seeing in their personal pieces many life realities that could be compared to Amanda’s.
My passion is higher than yesterday, encouraging everyone to look at the simple fact that bullying has gone on for decades, we have studied it for decades, we have had the same “solutions” for decades and IT IS NOT BETTER! So PLEASE, it is evident that what we are doing to stop this epidemic is not working! We have to rethink, look at our perspectives, see a new picture of what is creating this despair.
As I prepare for sessions with amazing youth tomorrow, all I can think of is my obligation to, and my passion for generating real, factual understanding of what is happening with this epidemic of bullying and the obvious horrifying consequences. I intend on piecing together their conclusions to what is creating aggressive behavior and why it continues. I will imbue in them that they WILL respect, be kind and helpful because “THEY ARE GOOD!”
I will NOT delve into bully scenarios, concentrating on how cruel, vicious they can be. I will not suggest they “BE GOOD” because, as the words to the left describe, this gives rise to devastating emotions. I will NOT suggest any role-plays on how to bully. I will stress their natural ability to impart compassion and co-operation throughout their day.
I continue to build my October 27th session to generate clear, vivid understanding of what makes a bully. I assure fulfilment afterward to all attendees because it is they who will create their own understanding of the epidemic, therefore solutions they understand and can implement.
We need to change and we need to start today!