Bullies are all around us. They come in many forms, making us victim to unspeakable feelings, but the worse kind of bully is the bully within, the one that resides in your mind and heart. Don’t give in to self-hate, doubt and regret. You deserve a little self-compassion.
“Anti-bullying starts by facing the bully within.”
No name, no sex, no gender, no race
Anonymous lurking in every face
Out of dark, dusty corners evil shadow to defend
At your side push, push until you bend
Innocents dismiss its presence
doubts seep in become their essence
Sinking through layers of confidence it sets
the table for second guesses and regrets
Unwelcome dinner guest feeds without restraint
on self hate, past failures and pain
Cozy on up, pull up a chair, make yourself at home
Not in this heart continue to roam
No solicitors, don’t want what you’re selling
Your sales pitch is convincing but also telling
Of your own demons hiding within
inviting others to join in
Dinner party pity party the more the merrier
Guest list with no barriers
Come one come all
Clock ticks Last Call
Open your eyes, turn on the lights
See what’s right before your eyes
Turn the lock, flip the sign, closing time
Don’t give in…not this time.
This post was part of this month’s #1000speak movement where bloggers all over the world come together to flood the internet with compassion. This month’s topic is “Building From Bullying.”
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15 thoughts on “The Bully Within”
I absolutely agree we must start by facing the bully within. (I agree so much I wrote about that too!)
It’s so great that you were able to take part Leah, and with such profound words.
Hugs from me too.
A good message. We need to go easy on ourselves!
Bueller, here! Easy to read. Hard to accept,sometimes. You done hit the nail squarely on the head. Thank You
Love it when a Bueller shows up around here! Thank you for stopping by.
Ah… inside the mind of the bully within. Well done, Leah! ❤
The bully within…the worst kind. 😦
Love it! ❤
*hugs* Well done you. This is a worthy poem 🙂
Thank you. Definitely outside my comfort zone, but I’m glad I wrote it.
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I’m glad, too. It was heroic of you to do it 🙂
So glad you included this. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you Lisa.
When asked on a national radio program about MLK Day and was it good, I said, “no, because nothing changes, not even the rhetoric. Why are people not breaking the down the walls? Why are children victimized by people in their neighborhood and outside of it? That is today still.
Lack of compassion seems to be an insurmountable problem, but when so many come together on a day like today and share their words of compassion it shines a glimmer of hope.
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