Thought For The Day

Today’s quotes surround the topic of bullying, a behavior that is toxic on every level. I’ve provided more than normal because I’ve been bullied before far too many times and each of these quotes really spoke to me on the subject.

“I realized that bullying never has to do with you. It’s the bully who’s insecure.” (Shay Mitchell)

“Is your child being bullied? Don’t make the assumption that s/he’s done something to bring on the teasing. Teasing isn’t always logical, and for your kid it doesn’t matter why – it just matters that it’s happening.” (Peggy Moss)

“Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain.” (Cat Cora)

“It’s okay to dislike someone, or even dislike someone for no reason. But it’s not okay to disrespect, degrade, and humiliate that person.” (Unknown)

“When people say bad things about you it’s only because they are insecure with themselves. So next time someone says something mean remember it has NOTHING to do with you and EVERYTHING to do with them.” (Unknown)

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” (Harvey S. Firestone)

“You are being bullied if someone constantly demeans you, makes negative remarks about you, yells at you, criticizes you, and gives suggestions to you and then gives you guilt trips if you don’t take those suggestions.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Thought For The Day

Today’s quotes surround the demon of addiction and are some great ones I found after writing yesterday’s article about addicts saying “I’ve Got This!” and then falling into yet another hopeless relapse…

“More than once I’ve thought “I’ve Got This!” “I know everything there is to know about recovery and addiction.” I’ve dealt with all my issues…I don’t really need to do any more work on myself.” Yep that usually happens right before I fall flat on my arse.” (Anonymous sober individual)

“Addiction is a monster. It lives inside and feeds off you, takes from you, controls you, and destroys you. “It’s a beast that tears you apart, rips out your soul, and laughs at your weakness. It is a stone wall that stands to keep you in and the rest out. It is a shadow that always lurks behind you, waiting to strike. Addiction lives in everyone’s ind, sitting, staring, waiting….a prisoner in your body!” (Anonymous sober individual)

“At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing—a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins, but finally of the heart.” (Cornelius Platinga)

“At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain.” (Frank Tallis)

“Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” (Jean Kilbourne)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Thought For The Day

Today’s quotes focus on the subject of suffering and might help to bring some comfort to those who presently are going through deep trials and tribulations…

“Now that I’m suffering, I feel closer to people who suffer more than I ever did before. The other night, on TV, I saw people in Bosnia running across the street, getting fired upon, killed, innocent victims…and I just started to cry. I feel their anguish as if it were my own. I don’t know any of these people. But – how can I put this? I’m almost…drawn to them.” (Morrie Schwartz)

“The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.” (C.S. Lewis)

“The worst thing in the world is watching someone you love suffer in pain when there is nothing you can do to stop it.” (Vanessa Wilhoit)

“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” (Ram Dass)

If you have suffered more than your fair share of difficulties in life, perhaps you are being prepared to serve some greater purpose that will require you to be equipped with the wisdom you have acquired through your trials.” (Robin S. Sharma)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson