This little story came to my facebook today and inspired me to pass it forward because I believe this message is not only to teach children but to teach adults as well. So I encourage you to take a look at the way you treat yourself and others. Do you treat them/yourself with respect or do you bully them or yourself. Even if you do it in the name of FUN it can still hurt people and leave scars. Even if it is just one small word or judgment to yourself or others it can still leave scars.
Sorry is a fantastic word and sometimes we don’t do things to hurt people deliberately. I just suggest that you consider your actions and behaviour towards yourself and others 🙂
Here’s the story:
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home