When was the last time you spoke for someone who was right, but alone against a group? Many of us grow up with an attitude of ‘So what?’ ‘What is the big deal?’ ‘That is not my problem.’ At times the situation is not even noticed by us. I am talking about speaking for someone in need and taking a stand for that person. The person may or may not be related to you. But taking a stand for him or her might save the one from a phase of grief or in the worst conditions, from depression or trauma.
I will give you an instance.
Suppose you know that your sibling has a habit of caring for others by correcting them. If the latter sees someone eating sugar when they are not supposed to, she will stop them from doing so. If she knows walking barefoot without slippers will cause pain in someone’s feet, she will immediately tell the person to walk with one. But what happens is, your sibling ends up getting scolded or blamed as an overprotective, emotional fool. Whereas the only intention of hers was to care for.
Now if you encountered such a situation, have you spoken for your sibling and made her intention clear to all? If not, then it was not a good move on your part. Even at the workplace, we straight away refuse to get indulged in matters just to maintain our mental peace and to avoid getting in the bad books of others. But if someone’s intention is clarified and justified by your interference, please do it. Don’t think twice before speaking for someone. Some people are constantly targeted just because there is no one to speak for them. They are either shunned or treated in a manner that affects their mental health adversely.
We often take these things
so lightly and brush off these matters as if they didn’t occur. But remember, over a period of time it might cause the caring person to turn into a cold, heartless one. Because repeated blows to one’s pure and honest intentions might change the person on the whole.
So speak up in such matters and take a stand for the person. Tell others that the intention behind their actions was honest and heartfelt. Taking a stand for someone requires two qualities. One, guts, and two, humanity. Because making people aware of the reason behind the act is your responsibility too. Especially when you know the truth.
There is an English movie called “Remember Me’ released in 2010. The small sister of the hero is constantly bullied by her classmates as she is timid and an introvert. The worse happens when her hair is chopped off by bullies at a birthday party leaving her shattered and traumatic. She refuses to go to school as she is scared of facing ridicule for her uneven chopped hair.
After a gap,
she gathers the courage to go back to the school where the bullies again make fun of her short hair. Her teacher scolds them but she is still affected by the humiliation she faced. When her brother notices this, he enters her school fearlessly. Removing one of the fire extinguishers near the classroom, and throws it forcefully at the glass of his sister’s classroom shattering it to pieces. No one is harmed in this process. But this causes chill down their spine for the otherwise fearless bullies. He warns them to stay away from his sister and not trouble her ever again.
Seeing the stand her brother took for her, a timid, heartbroken girl smiles. Even if his action was not acceptable and was extreme, it managed to bring his sister out of the turmoil she was going through. She not slowly comes out of her shell later but also has an assurance that no matter what, she has her brother’s back.
In my opinion, this was the best example of how one can take a stand for others and speak up for them. Look around. Your siblings, parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers who are right on their part might need your one word or phrase, or an action to ensure there is at least one person to stand for them. Be that person.
Always remember, providing solace to silent, suffering souls is much better than praying for hours.
See you all soon…
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