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Picture of young woman on country road with back toward viewer as she walks away with saying: Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you, grow you or make you happy.
I first read this saying on this picture of a young woman on a country road walking away from the viewer. It says, “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you, grow you or make you happy.”

My first thought was, “Yes, definitely.” I was brought to all the times I feel that walking away is good like when a bully is about to punch my nose if I cross the line. Some fights aren’t worth it, so respect yourself enough to walk away.

Then, I thought about perceptions. Depression can alter perceptions. So can drugs. When a person is experiencing a major depressive episode or on drugs causing perception deficits, true good influences could be left behind.

Nevertheless, I have questions about walking away from anything that does not serve you, grow you or make you happy. What if you determined your family no longer served you? What about your religion or your country? Your children? Your husband (wife)? Your job? What if you didn’t feel happy with any of those because they didn’t serve you?

Are you really what it is all about, you and no one else?

There are times not to think about what is serving you but who and what you are serving. You also we need to think about long-term goals and relationships. At a given moment, you may not feel “happy,” but ask yourself, “What will I feel if I walk away?” Will you be any better off?

After I thought about these things, I say, “Respect yourself enough to find ways to serve others. You will grow and find an inner happiness.”

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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on May 2, 2009:

Tragedy struck two 11-year-old boys in April. Jaheem Herrera of Georgia hung himself on April 16, and just 10 days before that, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Massachusetts hanged himself. Both were taunted relentlessly about being gay, though neither was known to be gay.

One might hope these deaths would not have happened locally with policies such as the Boulder Valley School District’s “Student Conduct.” It outlines students are to treat each other with “due regard” for their rights and welfare. However, a 2005 U.S. Department of Education report on bullying shows why a policy is insufficient.

One reason is bullying is so pervasive. The report stated 14 percent of students 12 through 18 years old reported being bullied during the six months before the interview.

The best prevention strategy in schools lies with other children, the audiences of much of the bullying. With these two cases fresh on their minds, parents and others should talk with their children and children in their care about the deadly side of bullying and ways they and their children can stand up for victims.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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