A Girl of Wisdom speaks up for injustice (continued!)

compassionI believe with all my heart that a Girl of Wisdom is not self-centred and unaware of how others are being treated. Girls who are wise see beyond themselves and actively pay attention to what is happening to others around them. And when they see something happening that is unfair and not right, they confidently and calmly make a stand for truth and justice.

I encourage you to pick a day this coming week. Spend one whole day practising the skill of “seeing people.” Look at the faces of others who pass you by. Do they look happy or sad? Are they alone? What type of day do you think they are having?

Listen to the conversations around you. What is being said? Do you think it’s right, wrong, unkind, true, false, friendly or mean? You will be amazed at the things you see and hear that you have never seen or heard before. You will be surprised at the amount of things that go on around you that are unfair.

Once you begin to notice the people and conversations around you, the next step is to stand up for the injustice that you see. As a high school student, it may be as simple as smiling at a girl who you know doesn’t have any friends. Maybe you could even sit next to her. For those of us who are mums and professionals in the workplace- how about telling other women that you don’t want to be a part of listening to rumours when they begin to gossip?

So beautiful girl, are you ready to accept this little pearl of wisdom? It’s a hard choice to be compassionate because it takes courage. Because when you feel compassion, you must act. And sometimes, it may mean taking a risk and turning away from the crowd. I know you are brave enough to live this way!

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A Girl of Wisdom speaks up for injustice!

girls-bullying-school-434“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

Proverbs 31:8 & 9 (NLT)

When I first started high school, I quickly became friends with a group of girls who I honestly believed would be my friends for the rest of my life. We got along really well, saved seats for each other in class and stayed over at each other’s houses for movie nights. It was so great feeling that I belonged and was accepted.

But after a year, it suddenly all changed. It was like my group of friends made a decision that for some unexplained, random reason, I was no longer part of the group… but they forgot to tell me that! What followed was a year I will never forget. A year of being bullied, ignored and picked on. I spent all my lunch breaks in the library doing homework because there was nowhere else for me to go. I certainly got amazing grades in all my subjects that year! But even though I loved learning, I cared about having friends too! Sound familiar?

Now I’m a high school teacher and things haven’t changed much amongst the teenagers I teach. I see students spreading untrue gossip about other students. Part of my day involves helping teenagers who are being left out and treated unfairly. I see them struggling to hold back tears. I see them pretending that they don’t care when they have to sit by themselves or when nobody wants to work with them when doing a group project.

But the main thing that bothers and angers me the most is that nobody stands up for those who are being bullied or who are being treated unfairly. It’s considered “uncool” to make a stand for justice- to speak up when something is being done that is not right and undeserved.

Think about it. I’m sure that at your school or workplace, you know who the so-called “unpopular” people are. You see them being picked on and laughed at. How do you feel about them? Perhaps as you laugh along with everybody else or stand back and watch, deep down, do you feel a sinking feeling? In the midst of your relief that it’s not you who’s being treated unfairly, do you realise that it could have been you? And if it were you, have you ever wondered if anybody would stand up for you?

Our next blog post will show you a practical way to begin to develop compassion!

Girls of Wisdom Feature- Pearls of Truth on Making a Difference in your World!

compassionDo you know what the word “compassion” means? It’s not exactly a word that is used all the time like “shopping,” “homework,” “mobile” and “internet.” And showing compassion towards someone may not be as easy as going shopping with your friends, doing a science assignment, sending a text message or doing a search on Google!

But you know what? If you are a girl who chooses to develop a compassionate heart while you are still young, you will certainly be steps closer to creating a bright future for not only yourself, but for countless lives around you.

Compassion is a feeling of sorrow or pity for someone who is suffering. It’s a similar word to sympathy, which is sharing someone else’s pain and trouble as if it were your own. But I think compassion is more than feeling sorry for another person. Compassion is looking beyond yourself, noticing others around you, feeling someone else’s pain and then choosing to do something about it.

Over the next few months, we will be posting blogs about “making a difference in your world.” We can’t wait to share about speaking up for injustice, being generous, planning acts of kindness and desiring to make a difference. And that’s what being a Girl of Wisdom is all about!

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