One of my favorite events in Murray is Bark in the Park; it's an event put on by the Humane Society that happens every summer and in October. I love it because there are "events" for dogs like musical chairs, a costume contest, licking a huge block of ice to get the toy inside, microchipping, and so much more. All proceeds for the event go towards supporting this amazing organization that works to benefit pets in our area. These individuals are making a huge difference - they're UPSTANDERS! Rather than sitting idly by, there are people who are actually doing something to make a change.
Tell about a time when YOU did something to make a difference in the lives of others OR tell about an organization or group you know if in the Murray area that's making a change. Who do you know and what are they doing to be an UPSTANDER?
As we talk about bystanders, most of you are quick to mention being a bystander when students are bullied at school. Let's switch gears and think outside the box. What are other situations you know of or have seen where someone doesn't just sit idly by, but does something? Think outside the box. Give specific examples to support your answer! Your response should be at least two paragraphs long and error-free.
Her eyes pleaded for acceptance. Her body language yearned for someone to pay attention to her. Watching her eat her lunch, head bowed, trying to fade into the crowd, I knew I should go sit by her. My friends continued to banter back and forth about the cute, new student in Social Studies, taking bets on who would get the first date with him. As I listened, I laughed and carried on with them, but my mind was with her. She needed a friend and I knew I should be the one.
My inaction is something that I regret to this day. I knew I should have sat with her at lunch, but what would my friends think? Since I was 14, I let my friends influence my actions and I didn't do what I knew was right.
This unit is titled, "The Bystander Effect." I want you to take some time to think about what the Bystander Effect might mean and how it might apply in your day-to-day life. Think outside the box. Like me, I was a bystander who was affected by others around me who I thought were more important at the time.
So, what's it to you? Tell me.
It feels so incredibly good to be blogging again! Welcome back, guys! I am so excited to be back at school with you, even though in the back of my mind, I'm wondering how my baby girl is doing with her first official day at our babysitter's house. I know she's probably having fun watching the other kids play and I am SO thankful Tanner is there with her, but man, I miss them!
I hope the past week was one that refreshed you. I spent the week soaking in time with my kids and my last official week at home. Taking care of my family is something that refreshes me! My favorite moments included the evenings at the end of the week that we spent on our front porch. Our front porch is one of my absolute favorite things about our house. It's long enough to walk back and forth on it, wide enough to house a hammock, and durable enough for us to play and sit on it for hours on end. The warmer, spring evenings are perfect for us to spend time out there; I feel completely refreshed coming back inside after feeling the warmth under my feet and hearing the laughs of my kids.
In my humble opinion, getting some time to refresh your body and mind during the week is so important. I'm extremely busy working a full-time job, having two children, and a home to take care of. It's difficult to find time for myself, which is why I wake up at 4:30 in the morning to run! While I do sacrifice sleep, running is something I do to refresh my body AND my mind. I always say it's like a free therapy session. Running clears my mind, keeps me focused, and helps me stay healthy. I try to find time to do this a few times a week; without it, I would not be a fun person to be around.
So, how was YOUR Spring Break? What are some things that refresh you? Why do you think those specific things refresh you? Use detail, examples, and development in your comment. Feel free to type your response in Microsoft Word and copy and paste it into the comment section of this blog! Your response should be at least TWO paragraphs long!