Bullying has been an issue since time began. Speaking out against it is fairly new. In 2010 the GLAAD organization named a day to stand for school- age LGBT* children and youth.
I fully support their concept. And I stand against bullying of anyone anytime. Hitting, teasing, demeaning, calling out, making fun…the list of tactics is long and broad and well-known.
If we are honest with ourselves, we have all indulged at some time. There are some subtle ways to bully. Some of them are even called friendship, or parenting, or preaching.
Do I manipulate to gain approval for my opinions?
Do I use power and position to make rules for others?
Do I threaten consequences to those who don’t agree, consent, or obey?
Do I withhold love and affection to get my way.
Not a comprehensive list. Only quick thoughts that set my resolve to watch myself and my language today. If my intention is to be open, kind, generous, and present – I might notice if I go off the rails.
reprinted from 2016