"Did you brush your hair today?" [No. It's naturally curly. If I did, it would explode and blow up all of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and America. So, today I basically saved the world. You're welcome.]
"That singing didn't sound so good." [Yeah, there's a good reason why I was kicked off the school choir...just kidding.]
But seriously, sometimes people are just plain rude. Most of the time, it's not easy to laugh and shrug off what they say. It's been said that sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you, but let me tell ya folks, words are some of the most deadly weapons. Yowzah, it can hurt sometimes!
The For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet provides these wise words of counsel:
That counsel is so relevant and needed in today's world. Please, be careful with your words!
However, words aren't the only means of bullying. I know it's common for girls at my school to bully with just the opposite-- Silence.
I'll be honest. As an introvert I crave silence. Silence is my friend. Beautiful, blissful, peaceful silence oh, how doth I love thee! However, when provided in the wrong ways it can really hurt.
How often have we not spoken to someone because they look different than us, aren't in our "group", or who have a different history or background? I hope your answer to that question is "never". But if it's not, please heed these words from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
“When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm—please apply the following: Stop it!” [emphasis added]Okay, sorry for lecturing you all. My Mama bear came out [even though I'm not even a Mom. haha]. Thankfully, now my comforting side is taking over. What do we do when people are mean?
Yesterday morning my dear friend, [okay, so we don't know each other in person and I don't think she knows I exist, but she's still my friend. Don't judge.] Mallory Everton, posted this status update on her Facebook fan page.
"I wanna take a second to make a serious comment. I just read an article ripping apart a video I made for fun a few years ago calling it "extremely awkward and embarrassing to watch." No matter what people say, do what you love, guys. I won't let jerks like this keep me down if you promise to do the same..."In case you don't know, Mallory Everton is the beautiful starring actress of "Provo Utah Girls" and one of the main characters on BYUtv's comedy series, Studio C. Her work is amazing. She makes me laugh all. the. time.
Don't let what other people say drag you down to their level. You are beautiful. You are amazing. No matter who you are, you are a child of God. Not a minion or a slave, but a child of a loving Father in Heaven who is King. You are divine. As President Uchtdorf so elegantly put it,
Never let anyone tell you that you're not of worth. Don't believe the lies others throw your way. That's what they are. Lies. Don't listen.
This song is an oldie [well...not really. It was released in 2012, but for music it's older] but a goodie. "Gold" by Britt Nicole has helped me cope with a lot of rude people. I love this song so much. Whether you've heard it a million times or this is your first time experiencing the awesomeness, enjoy! [I was having issues embedding from Youtube today, so click on the link under the picture and it will direct you to the video on youtube. :D]
|"Gold" on Youtube|