Even though almost 600 people liked our story about hosting the forum, about 25 people came. I wish more people would have come, but I was truly grateful for those who did come. And I wish you would have heard the things the kids in the audience told us they needed… which was acceptance.
So Heather Asiyanbi, who co-owns the news website with me, and I decided that we’re going to keep doing these kinds of forums. Why? Because we want to keep this dialogue going about how to discuss the issue of bullying in a school district where kids struggle with the complexities of poverty, mental illness, and the fragile reality of not always feeling good enough.
But this morning when I looked through my news feed, this video on these kids in Minnesota caught my attention and it got me thinking about those subtle shifts in thinking that kids can take if we allow them with the right tools. So, to keep this discussion going on a positive track, I thought I’d offer this up as an example of change looks like and to me the word acceptance popped up in my head.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/xdeuivQYnas
The funny thing about acceptance is that when you accept someone as is… you don’t have to like what someone is or is not, but in my opinion you still honor and respect that person in how you talk to them and treat them as a fellow human being. These 13-year-olds from Minnesota understand this and I wondered how we might apply this to our own lives.
Let me know what you think…