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We are friends; we must assist each other to bear our burdens. (Osage Proverb)

One of the administrators who’d been to our parent and student program on Monday told us that she loves the idea we presented of kids supporting each other and saying STOP.  Think of all the negative energy that occurs when kids gang up on another kid.  Think of all the positive energy that can be generated when kids stand together and say STOP to bullying.  As adults, we have the power to teach them that.

One of the parents said “It really struck me when you said ‘Every behavior has a motive, and not to judge, but to listen and be compassionate and find out what’s going on.”

It takes alot of courage to stand up, but it’s always so much easier when we don’t have to stand alone. One of our elders told us a story once. He said, “Go…bring me a stick.” So I did. I brought the stick and sat down in front of him. When I went to hand it to him, he said “Now, break it.” I snapped it easily. Then he said to a group of us, “Now let’s all go get a stick.” So we all went out and we came back with our sticks. He had us put them in a stack in front of him. Then he looked at us, and slowly said, “We will bind them together. But we won’t tie them with leather, or rope, or sinew. We will bind them with respect, with dignity, with love, with trust, with wisdom. Now try to break them.” He looked around at each of us and said, “Together, we are STRONG.”

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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