Do you ever stop to think about the effect your words and actions have on others? The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” never really sat well with me, because word DO hurt, and an emotional wound does not heal as easily as a physical one.
Our words can live in the hearts and minds of a person forever. Words have the ability to inspire, motivate, influence, damage, discourage or even depress someone.
What is the payoff in being a bully? Does it really feel good to put someone else down? Wouldn’t it feel better to build someone up, and be their buddy, instead of causing them to feel less valuable than you? Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens in America and it’s usually linked to bullying!
The key to moving from a bully to a buddy is awareness. With just this one practice, you can gain more peace in your life and then share that with others. It all starts with YOU, and a desire to make a difference.
The LHSAA knows what it is like to be bullied, which is why it is important to us that we offer resources, which will help others who find themselves in a similar position. The LHSAA has teamed up with The Jason Foundation, Inc., an educational organization dedicated to awareness and prevention of youth suicide. Recently, Rascal Flatts and The Jason Foundation Inc. teamed up to work on the “B1 project”. To find out more about The Jason Foundation and their “B1” program visit, http://www.jasonfoundation.com.
Here at the LHSAA, we want all of our student-athletes to thrive and be a success on and off the field. You never know whose life you could save with a kind word or action. Remember, awareness is key!
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”