I try to let it go when bullies win.
I try to surrender my disappointment to God and trust that God will bring justice to an unjust situation.
And the weird thing about bullies is that they often do not consider themselves to be bullies at all. They see themselves as:
Actually they are afraid. They are afraid to be vulnerable. They are afraid to fail. They are afraid that they aren’t the smartest or strongest or most powerful person in the room.
I’ve known some bullies and they can be Life Destroyers. It’s easy to let thoughts of them control our sense of peace.
So, on this day when you might work with a bully or read a bully’s tweet or hear a bully’s voice here’s something we can do. (I learned it from a pillar of the Church named Maybelle.)
Try to see that person through the eyes of Christ. Where we see a threat, I believe God sees a broken, terrified person who is loved by God but has never been loved unconditionally by anyone else. Or maybe they have been loved unconditionally, but they can’t love themselves enough to believe it.
Loving bullies is the only thing that helps, and we pray that – in the meantime – the harm they wreak will be reversible.
Image of Regina George in Mean Girls not to be confused with the Olympic sprinter.
Thank you so much for this. Leaving this here so it can’t be seen on FB. Traveling today to be with family, one of whom is very much a bully. My challenge is to remember how scared she is and also to not fall back into old behavior patterns aka quarreling and fuming. Wish me luck!
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