Fearless Friday #2: Evan Vs. Middle School Bullies
Fearless Friday #2: Telling a bully to leave his target alone.
I didn't know it, but this would be one of the most important days of my life.
I'm not a big fan of confrontation, but sometimes your body moves before your mind.
Something inside me that day in middle school told me to confront him.
It was early morning.
Before any other kids and teachers were around, the early risers were at school. Unfortunately for one student, he was an early target of this bully.
When I saw this bully pushing around his target, I immediately walked up to him and said, "hey man, stop pushing that kid around".
Surprised that someone confronted him, he replied with this:
"Hey bro, you better watch it, or I'mma dice you up".
It turned out to be an empty threat.
He retreated and never talked to me ever again.
The KEY lesson I got from this experience: some people are unaware of what they're doing.
They run on autopilot.
It's our jobs to be that one voice that reaches out to other human beings, whether positive or negative. Where other people ignore, we engage with conflict wholeheartedly.
At the core, I think people just want love. They're pent up and frustrated that no one is willing to listen to them, so they force themselves onto others.
The way to show love is to interact with them -- in the best AND the worst moments.