Caring about others

I have had a lot going on in my life lately.  I have been reflecting on the past few months and thinking about how I could have done things differently.  I tried very hard to help seniors and vulnerable who lived around me.  As a result I hope that good changes will happen.  I did create an opening for the truth, and discussions have begun that will help fix things that have been ignored for a long time.

When you see something wrong it is so easy to just turn away, to close the door, to just ignore what is happening.  But in my case I felt the need to stand up to a bully…in fact more than one.  The thing that made me do this was seeing older people, people with health and other issues, disabilities, and on assistance being ignored, being unheard and living in fear – feeling invisible.

I then became a target.  I don’t regret for a minute speaking out.  I don’t regret trying to make a difference.  I think it’s just as easy as that.  Trying Matters. It makes a difference –  it really does help others.

I am being called a hero by those who knew what I did.

I don’t feel like a hero.  But I feel like I made a difference and for me – that is enough.

I caught part of an interview on television this morning.  It was the father of a young girl who committed suicide after being assaulted targeted and bullied.  It seems to me that often people don’t want to see things, don’t want to step in or step up because it is just easier.   It is not easier for the victim.  It is not right to ignore someone in trouble or voiceless.

I hope that more people will reach out a hand to help others.  I really hope that today, this week, this month, this year – if you see something or someone who is in need…don’t be afraid.  Your help will give Hope, Value, and a Voice to the Voiceless.

We are – after all, part of a Community – it is this Earth we live on.  I can’t fix everything but I certainly can try to fix something, on my street, in my town, in my province, in my country – and so can you!


Online bullying…

Bullying is rampant both online and in real life. I totally agree with Kate and am saddened to hear her experiences. Personally I was a victim all my life, school yard, so-called friends and even people in positions of power contine to use their power to put me and others down. Several friends know my personal experience lately, therefore I stand with Kate in asking everyone to stand up to Bullies.

bullyLately, yet more ‘people’ online, who asked to be ‘friends’ on Facebook, have been dishing out what I felt was some extremely personal, mean and nasty feedback. I don’t even know if they are a really the people they say they are, or are using pseudonyms. Sadly, I thought we had resolved it privately, but it seems not as there was zero response to my last private message, replying politely to theirs.

This latest attack has not been to do with language, but regardless of that, it seems the very simple things like the right to request people do not use words and language that are offensive and considered disrespectful to many of us living with dementia, when used to label us publicly seems a hard one for others to come to grips with…

These people remind me of the school yard bullies, but online, and hiding behind false names.

Opinionated, self-righteous, and downright mean. Bring it on……

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