This morning as I was trying to catch up on my email—the 946 messages that I haven’t had time to read due to homework obligations—I opened one of the daily reports I get from Mashable (mashable.com) to find an article that led me to this video.
I despise everything about bullying. I was bullied as a child and I still bear the emotional scars. I didn’t understand then, and I don’t understand now, what drives a person to deliberately choose to make someone else miserable. Does it make them feel better about themselves? It wouldn’t make me feel better to know that I inflicted psychological pain on another person.
Jennifer Livingston made the choice to share her thoughts about an email she received from a bully. I applaud her decision to share it publicly. I give her a standing ovation for her response to the bully. I am “fat”, and/or “obese.” I like to think that on the inside I’m The Girl from Ipanema–but that isn’t an appropriate image when I compare it to how Jennifer describes herself…on the inside.
I left this comment on Facebook: “Jennifer and Mike—This is so inspiring for young people…and old people…and in-between people who are “substantial.” For those who may not be familiar with the term, substantial means: consisting of or relating to *substance*; not imaginary or illusory: *real*, *true*. Of substance, real and true. There is definitely more on the inside than what is visible on the outside; rather like an iceberg. Icebergs display only a small portion to the world, but it is what lies below the surface that is “substantial”.”
Jennifer has set an example for us all. She put down an obviously sick bully; and she did it with grace and panache. She gave all persons who are “of substance” encouragement and a path to acceptance.
In my humble opinion, Jennifer deserves a standing ovation—and at least ten curtain calls!
What do you think?
Please let me know in your comments.