I get personal on this page—up to a point–but not too terribly personal. It’s how I am built. I hold a lot inside until something totally rocks my world. Today’s tragedy in Connecticut totally rocked my world. I am an extremely sensitive person who puts on a good, tough, front. Today, I have not stopped crying. I also do a very good job of pretending not to be too awfully political. I am the mother of seven glorious children, one who is only 8 years old. They are all alive and safe at this moment. Thank you God. Seriously. Thank you so much! They have lock down drills at my son’s school, even in this tiny little town in Maine. What in the world?
I have never believed that–that one person cannot make a difference–and I am glad that people like Albert Einstein, and Mother Teresa, and Steve Jobs didn’t believe it either, for they were extraordinary people who truly changed the world. They had ideas and imagination and vision and courage and they took those gifts and used them to the highest extent that they possibly could. I wonder what would happen in the world if we all did that?
A few weeks back I had an idea. I have a lot of ideas, but unfortunately, I do not act on most of them. In the past few months I have had to look at cyberbullying and harassment in the face from a very personal view. I didn’t much like it, but I learned a lot about myself from the experience. It has been an experience that has opened my eyes, and with my eyes open I began noticing things that I probably would have missed before.
I have an inspirational page on Facebook. I was coerced into starting it by my friend, El Phoenix Farris, who writes Running From Hell with El. She also has an inspirational page on Facebook by the same name. One day I noticed that she has put up a poster about cyberbullying, and I had just heard that my brother-in-law was being cyberbullied by an adult and I had also come to the realization that my daughter had been viciously cyberbullied by adults late last summer. When I saw El’s poster, I got an idea. Normally when I get an idea such as the one I got that day, which I feel is “inspired,” I think to myself, “Well, that will never work.”
However, this time was different. I dismissed that “it won’t work” notion and I messaged El with my idea. I said, “El, what do you think if we page owners all got together and had an anti-cyberbullying day? A show of force of sorts. I am new at this page thing and I don’t know a lot of page owners, but you do.” I sent the message and waited for her response telling me why it wouldn’t work. Instead, she was thrilled with the idea, but was about to take a mini vacation, so we agreed to discuss it upon her return.
The following week I saw another anit-bullying poster, this time put up by The Bridge Post. Them I do know and have written for, so I went to Charlene and Tammy with an idea for an article on adults and cyberbullying. They were excited by the idea and I began writing. I also went back to El and told her about the article. The next day we spoke by phone, and she’d brought in a friend of hers who runs an anti-bullying page on Facebook, Bullying is for Losers. She also invited me into a group of inspirational page owners on Facebook and after I had been introduced, and had said my hello’s, and after waiting a respectable amount of time for them to get to know me a bit, (roughly an hour or two) with El’s nudge, I launched my anti-cyberbullying campaign idea into the group and was met with excitement and a ton of enthusiasm.
I had stopped being “just one person” the second I shared my idea with El. When the idea was released into the group it took on a life of its own and a number of very talented, very dedicated, and extremely loving individuals made magic. After having worked tirelessly all weekend long creating posters and content for their own pages, and for all of us to share, this group of magnificent page owners, myself among them now, held an all day anti-cyberbullying day yesterday that spread like wildfire on Facebook. At the same time, The Bridge Post released my article, and the day was a day of overwhelming emotion as we all worked together to spread a very important message, each from our own unique point of view. I simply cannot find words to adequately describe the impact that the day has on each one of us as page owners, and on those people who we are blessed enough to have visit our pages.
Some posters were shared many hundreds of times over, each a unique creation, and they are still being shared and commented on today. Here is just a tiny sampling of some of the many, many posters that were created and released and shared all over Facebook yesterday:
And my little contribution, poster-wise. I am lucky I have a forehead left after all the banging! 😉
I wish I could share all of the posters. There were so many and a gallery is being planned. The creativity, talent, and dedication by all of these people, each “just one person,” has me in complete awe. Their spirit of love, kindness, collaboration, and light had me in tears more than once yesterday, and the outpouring of support from people on Facebook still has me reeling. Last I heard, a radio station local to The Bridge Post was having an anti-bullying day today and they were in contact. Who knows how far this can go!
Of course, there is no way to measure the effect of yesterday on the people who saw what we all worked to do, but I do know people talked, and shared, and were touched, and they thought, not just about not bullying themselves, but what needs to be done when we see bullying happening in any form, anywhere. Seeds have been planted and who knows what will grow.
Each one of you is “just one person” chock full of ideas, passion, and light. How many times do you have an idea and stop yourself from going forward because you think that it won’t work, or no one will listen, or that it won’t make a difference? My idea ceased to be mine once I shared it and I give all of the glory for all of it to God, but had I never shared that simple idea what would have happened? Nothing. And yet because I chose to share it, to give it away, it became something astonishing because of the vision and hard work by so many people, all of them “just one person.” We all have the spark within us that is capable of igniting a fire of goodness and love. Take that idea you have—the spark that you have–and go start your own fire! It is right there waiting within you!
Many thanks to Running From Hell With El, Bullying is for Losers, The Bridge Post, Living Happy, Happiness in Your Life, Always Leave ‘Em Laughing, Our Mind’s Meadow, Bedeempled Brain, Art The Speaks by Alison Pearce. A Victim No More, You ARE Enough, Know My Worth, Photos & Designs by Piera, What Makes My Heart Sing, Nothing But Respect, A Cowboy’s Hope for a Cure,Poopsie, What Makes My Heart Sing, Rebel Thriver, and Read, Love and Learn. If I forgot anyone, let me know and you will be added!!