You can find them on sidewalks, magnets, wall art, notebooks, and even in school yards. May they spread joy and help change the world to a kinder, more peaceful place.
This post is inspired by National Bullying Prevention Month and by The Daily Post weekly photo challenge.
Dark times test our endurance. Yet, sometimes we find inner strength and more appreciation for beauty as a result and this helps joy return. Please spread joy and kindness during National Bullying Prevention Month by being the person who supports those who need it most.
This post is inspired by The Daily Post at WordPress where this week’s challenge is Nighttime and the one I missed last week was Endurance.
I think this little gecko was a little frayed when I chased him away from the worm bin that this frayed mat helps keep cool.
I know how he feels since I felt frayed when I entered the anti-bully fray. Eventually, I realized that I had to change my own views and support my child privately while continuing to encourage kindness and understanding even of the bullies. This change inspired my Special-Ism post, About Bullies: Bullies Are Human Too!
Yet, frustration with the slowness of society to change made me want to give up until I realized that I had to focus on peace and joy to find happiness again. The change has indeed brought joy back to our family and it has helped me to observe from afar how God continues to answer my prayers.
No, I do not feel the need to over share those answers; and no, changes have not happened as quickly as I would like. But, even our local politicians are finally getting the idea that they need to show compassion for the homeless and for all people less fortunate if they want to have support from the voters. It is refreshing to see the subtle changes. I am also grateful that the need for kindness is more openly talked about than in years past, and teaching kindness to our children is becoming more of a priority in many schools.
Mia’s grandpa taught me that there were good and bad people everywhere. I knew this was true. I hoped and prayed that there were more good than bad. I hoped one day people would accept others for who they were, not who they wanted them to be … Francesca Lung from Delightfully Different
Post inspired by The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:
Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in. — Virginia Wool
Both of my children have been fortunate to have some good teachers. I still believe the ones who made mistakes had good intentions; I just wish they had been more open in their thinking and less judgmental. I believe they can learn from their mistakes, and maybe one day they will.
Slogans like the ones on the outside of the classrooms above certainly indicate that teachers at least see the need for change. I can only hope that the changes really are happening in the classrooms and that no one feels locked in or locked out like we did.
This post is inspired by the weekly photo challenge at The Daily Post.