Bullying…

I read an article in People Magazine about the horrific consequences of bullying.

People Magazine did a special report on the subject after receiving a tremendous response from its concerned readers in reference to the suicide of Massachusetts resident, 15 year old Phoebe Prince. She was taunted and harassed by fellow students and as a result, hung herself. According to the article, two other teenagers committed suicide in the United States this past October. The numbers for October could be higher, I do not know. I certainly hope not.

How can we put a stop to bullying in schools and in our work force? YES…our adult work force. Adults can be bullies also. It is amazing to me. I would think that it would be foolish to believe that adults can be bullies…however they can be terrible bullies at times. They can make a person’s time at work pure hell. When a reformed teenage bully, Daniel Harrison, was interviewed by People Magazine about “why” he chose to be a bully, he said it made him feel confident and powerful. Adults who are bullies are also seeking to feel confident and powerful when preying on the kinder less aggressive people in their midst. It shows just how insecure these people actually are, but when you find yourself being victimized by them, it is difficult to see their vulnerable side. WE are made to feel vulnerable by them, which is the bullies’ goal.

Ellen DeGeneres stated in the article that “this has to stop.” Easier said than done….however, the Massachusetts school system has taken serious steps to try to alleviate the problem and hopefully prevent any other students from committing suicide.

The high school where Phoebe attended formed an antibullying task force. Antibullying measures are now being passed throughout the U.S. in schools, which is excellent. However, the lessons begin at home.

Parents must display kindness towards others, strangers included. Kids mimic their parent’s actions. If they see their parent being unkind and cruel to others, they will do the same. If they see their parent being kind to others, they will do the same. Promoting kindness is a wonderful thing and a wonderful way to help turn things around, turn negative into positive.

There are many GREAT things that teenagers and adults do in their communities daily to help promote kindness and good works for others, but after reading this article apparently there is still a repulsive amount of aggression and meanness permeating our society. Kindness truly IS contagious and just as the reformed bully in People Magazine, Daniel Harrison turned his life around, others who bully can choose to do the same. Daniel said that he felt confident and powerful when bullying…however after turning his life around and joining forces to stop bullying he stated that, “Now I befriend the people being bullied.” He said, “It’s satisfying to help people out.” Being kind to others promotes the same feelings of confidence and power although 100% more intense. Being kind produces a natural high and I wish those who bully others, both teens AND adults, would witness for themselves how much MORE confident and powerful they will feel by exercising kindness! You will become addicted to being kind…and that is a good thing!

An excellent book for teens to read [and adults] is written by Ben Mikaelsen titled “Touching Spirit Bear.”

Daniel said that this book is what turned his attitude to gratitude rather than anger. His language-arts teacher Laurie Hogan-McLean assigned Daniel a project which was to write a letter to the author of “Touching Spirit Bear” and how it proved to be an inspiration to him. Daniel wrote to the author and his letter took top state honors in the national Letters About Literature contest! Yay Daniel! Keep the kindness going and I hope this story proved inspiring to my readers!

My Kindness sent 2U…
Lorraine

Here are additional links with information which will help to alleviate bullying:

Cartoon Network Stop Bullying
GLSEN – Creating a better world for LGBTQ students
Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Soon Approaches…

“All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all of the time.” -Julie Andrews

My husband of almost 32 years and I just recently went through some extremely difficult shifts and changes in our relationship. We separated for a while, but one day I read the Julie Andrews quote about love (quoted above), and it struck a cord in me…what she says is very true. Happily, my husband and I are reunited. We have jumped back on the carousel of married life and are reaching for the Golden Ring…our 50th wedding anniversary! I will be 71 and he 76 so we may have a good chance of making it to 50 years of marriage!!

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” -Mark Twain

So; HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to all, and try not to give up on a worthwhile marriage!!!

Live, Laugh, LOVE.

You Have to Laugh at Love, Because We All Love Laughter and We All Love Love!!

New Years Resolutions…

New Years Resolutions…
By: Nathan Collier

The history of making New Years resolutions dates all the way back to the time of ancient Rome. The Romans are responsible for the majority of the modern calendar and for the tradition of making resolutions on New Years.

Celebrating the new year has been a tradition for thousands of years and is arguably the oldest celebrated holiday. The ancient Babylonians were the first to hold celebrations for the new year over 4000 years ago though they did not begin the tradition of making resolutions on that day.

New Years has not always been celebrated on January 1st and it’s not celebrated on that date everywhere today. The Roman and Gregorian calendars are both solar calendars that hold the new year on January 1st. Lunar calendars such as the Chinese calendar would hold the new year on the first full moon of the year.

As Founder of BK2HK I ask…
What will be your New Years Resolution?
Mine will be to practice what I preach and BE KIND to others even when I am not in the mood. The fact is…I have a tendency to put aside my grouchy mood {and save it for my husband} when dealing with people.
Admittedly this is not ideal for my marriage; however he in turn saves his grouchy moods for me, so I guess we are even!!

What will be your New Years Resolution?
Make it something worthwhile. Worthwhile in the respect that it will serve to make this mixed up world a kinder and gentler place to live. Start with YOU….and it will spread from there. Trust me…it will. For suggestions please go to: https://www.bk2hk.org/week/sunday/

Thanks…and remember…not even the SMALLEST kind deed goes unnoticed.

A HAPPY, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!
Lorraine

Can YOU be a Johnny today?

Watch the following video clip — it is a story of Johnny, the grocery store bagger. It is very short, but it will remind you of why and how we make an impact in what we do.

You may even want to share it with others, and I hope you will. It’s amazing how one young Down’s Syndrome bagger made such a wonderful impact on those customers lucky enough to have Johnny bag their groceries!

Watch Johnny the Bagger on YouTube

Good News for Reilly! Thanks To Everyone For Helping Make A Dream Come True!

Reilly Parent’s family was finally able to purchase a special van for Reilly which will now enable them to transfer him with ease in and out of the vehicle!!! Traveling will be so much easier for them!! THANKS to everyone who donated funds to the Parent family!!

The following is from reillyslift.blogspot.com

A BIG THANK YOU to the Lord and all that helped Give Reilly a Lift!!!
Because of your help Reilly now has his new wheels!

Whether you pitched in a lot or a little, it all added up to help make a dream come true!

Reilly can now ride right into his van without his parent’s having to lift him in and out of his wheelchair every time he goes somewhere.

Since last October 10th we have had 797 members join us to Give Reilly a Lift!
Thank you to every one of you that made this a reality! It would not have happened without you!

Visit their website at: http://reillyslift.blogspot.com/

It’s Time To Celebrate

Well, another super successful year for Be Kind to Humankind! Thanks in part to HappyNews.com who featured BK2HK each and every day of its celebration! A special thanks to you HappyNews!

Of course kindness and kind deeds should be focused upon each and every year, all 356 days! I cannot emphasize that enough. I wrote a book which is all about BK2HK and its history. After all, it is over 22 years old now and there is a lot to write about. But once in text it is not a huge book at all. The book will be a rather small paper back, so it will be easy to carry, pick up and read randomly whenever you are in need of a little pick-me-up emotionally. Let’s face it, we all need a pick-me-up once in awhile! I plan on having the book published and ready for purchase by next spring. If not next spring, shortly there after. I will be sure to let you know when it is available for purchase! I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It is quite a story, considering that I started BK2HK when I was a young woman of 30 and here I am 52! I virtually seemed to have spent my entire adult life promoting kindness!

It has been, and still is well worth it.

Until the next time,
Lorraine

Let Us Remember To Be Kind, Be Kind To Humankind Week Is This Month

Come on folks! Please don’t make me pull my hair out of my head and beg you! August 25th kicks off the official start of “Be Kind to Humankind Week”. Beginning August 25th and ending August 31st. Of course, we implore you to practice kindness all year long. This particular week of kindness and practicing kind deeds was created because this is the week 22 years ago that 22 year old Bernard D. died because nobody wanted to be bothered! Read our about page for details.

Let’s get bothered together! Let’s practice kindness towards each other every single day. Some simple kind acts like smiling to a stranger, holding the door open for the person behind you, helping a disabled person with their groceries are very rewarding and are often appreciated. Take a look around you to see who can use a hand.

There is a book which I love titled “All I really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. It is an excellent read. As adults we tend to forget the basic golden rule which we learned in kindergarten. Let’s remember to practice kindness today and everyday!

Happy Be Kind To Humankind Week!

And You Shouldn’t Have To Pay For Love With Your Bones And Your Flesh, Pat Benatar

September is National Prevention of Child Abuse Month…why the heck wait for September. We have to protect the kids everyday from being under the gun of controlling manipulative adults. Turn up your volume and listen to Pat Benatar… and thanks for watching out for the kids!