There has been a lot of talk recently about bullying. I wrote a post about it myself, remembering bullies on the schoolbus from my childhood. In the news yesterday, there was a woman who posted a letter on facebook and expressed how bullying had been a large part of her life in school. So much so that she actually moved away from the town in California just to get away from it. Her former classmates have expressed regret and have pooled together and are paying the way for this woman to return to California for a class reunion. (She now lives in the state of New York.) If you click on the link above, that should take you to the video..
"Forgiveness is a virtue", that is what Louis Zamperini wrote to me in a note that I treasure. (Please go back to my blog and type in HIS name and read the post that I wrote about him... such an amazing man and story!)
"Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own."
Adam Lindsay Gordon
You may read more about Adam Lindsay Gordon here...
This Australian poet, it seems to me, had a very interesting but difficult life and even though life became too much for him, that does not mean that we can't listen to his words and take something from them.
After reading about this poet, it reminded me of the song "Vincent" by Don McLean. I found it for you and I hope you like it.
Please understand that I have such a great pity for those who have suffered from bullying and abuse in their lives. And I hope that if anyone feels they are at the end of the rope, then I sincerely hope that they will seek the help that they need and which is available to them. I felt so saddened to learn that the poet had committed suicide but since a young man in our small town had done the same thing recently, this also made me think of him. May all the love from the community bring comfort and healing for his family.