“I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I recently heard Kathryn Armitage speak at a school event.
Her message to students was to remember to be inclusive and embrace the individual characteristics of those around you.
One of the biggest regrets she said was not being particularly kind to girls who were “different” in her class at school.
We’ve all been there. On one end of it or the other or both.
And it’s not easy. Being ostracised is awful, it’s a lonely, sad experience.
And it’s hard to buck the trend against the masses.
But, if you’re not strong enough to stand up and say something, at least don’t contribute to the misery.
Say good morning, smile. Sit with someone different today.
Bullying is for me a different story. That I think we all have an obligation to stand up and stop. To speak up for ourselves and others.
Spread a little love and kindness today.