16th Nov 2021
‘One Kind Word’ was the theme for this year’s Anti- Bullying Week. With just one kind word we can make such a difference to another and it’s something that can so often be overlooked.
Often we focus on the big gestures instead of realising just what a difference we can make through our smaller gestures and actions. When we remember an act of kindness it can be the smallest of gestures but it makes an impact upon us because it took place at a time we were at our lowest. It may not have been the act or the words themselves we remember, instead what we remember is that someone reached out to us when we were at our lowest or most vulnerable. Take time to think of an act of kindness that you remember and think about how it made you feel. As Maya Angelou so aptly says ‘…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
This week has seen the nation join together to mark Anti- Bullying Week and join together in trying to prevent against bullying in our schools and workplaces – but what happens next? Where do we go from here?
Those kind words, those kind gestures, if we could keep them going think what a difference we could keep making to others. If we could keep the momentum going over the weeks and months to come imagine the impact we could all have. So perhaps this weekend we could all take time to reflect on our actions this week. Our actions, even the smallest of our actions – they matter. When we are grumpy towards, or we snap at, just one other person we can affect their whole day and therefore potentially the day of all those they then go on to interact with. Our actions work as a ripple. Let’s make that ripple a ripple of happiness rather than a ripple of sadness.
Together we have the power to make such a difference to so many. But never forget the power you hold as an individual to make an impact. As it says within the Wizard of Oz – ‘You always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.’
Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Head of Content and Media.
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