National Suicide Prevention Day

 
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone is facing some type of battle."

For Suicide Awareness Day I'd like to remind everyone that words hurt and they leave lasting scars on others. Think before you speak. That one comment you make could be the one thing that pushes someone over the edge and take their own life. One comment could also turn their whole day around for the better and keep them from taking their own life. Words are powerful, don't underestimate the impact of what you say to others. And if you don't think that is true, think of Martin Luther King Jr. who moved a nation to start accepting its own people by a simple speech called 'I Have A Dream'. If you don't believe that words can impact a person, ask any one who has ever been bullied or teased. If you don't believe that words can tear someone down, ask someone who has ever had a racial or sexual slur said to them. If you don't think words can affect someone psychologically, talk to anyone who has ever been verbally abused. 
Words are powerful. How will you use your words today?
Since I normally post music on Monday, I'd like to post the lyrics to a song about bullying. The song is called 'Don't Laugh At Me' by Mark Willis. 
I'm a little boy with glasses
The one they call the geek
A little girl who never smiles
'Cause I've got braces on my teeth
And I know how it feels
To cry myself to sleep

I'm that kid on every playground
Who's always chosen last
A single teenage mother
Tryin' to overcome my past
You don't have to be my friend
But is it too much to ask

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Someday we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me

I'm the cripple on the corner
You've passed me on the street
And I wouldn't be out here beggin'
If I had enough to eat
And don't think I don't notice
That our eyes never meet

I lost my wife and little boy when
Someone cross that yellow line
The day we laid them in the ground
Is the day I lost my mind
And right now I'm down to holdin'
This little cardboard sign...so

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Someday we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me

I'm fat, I'm thin, I'm short, I'm tall
I'm deaf, I'm blind, hey, aren't we all

Don't laugh at me
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Someday we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me  
To those of you who have been bullied, taunted, teased or any other form of harassment; know that you are not alone. Remember that it does get better. Remember that there are people out there who love you and want you in their life. And I am one of them. Even if we have never met. Or never talked. I care about you and I want you on this Earth. 

Hope and Love,
Becca

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for that. It just saved my life.

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    1. Anonymous,

      I want you to know that if you ever need someone to talk to; I am always here. But also, if there comes a time when you feel like taking your life or doing harm to yourself there are numbers you can call. 1-800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that you can call at any time, on any day. So if you ever need that, just know that they are also there for you too.
      Hope and Love,
      Becca

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