If you’ve spent any time reading my posts, articles, Facebook rants or men’s room graffiti, you know by now that you generally don’t come to me for “feel good” pieces. Hopefully my writing makes you think (and not just about what else you should be doing), and maybe even sometimes it makes you react. A wonderful case in point goes back to an article I wrote a month ago for Identity Marketing magazine about young Nasir Andrews, a wonderful nine year old human being in Washington State who was a victim of bully mentality. I wrote to her, and encouraged others to do the same, letting her know that, honestly, not everyone sucks, and there were good people out there who admired her, liked her, and wanted to be her friend. After writing about her, I sent her a note, with a photo of my dog, and thought nothing further about it.
Then I got a letter back from her last week, thanking me for my note, and telling me that I shouldn’t call my dog a jerk (really, Mike…NOW who’s the bully?). Everything was going well for her, and to my untrained eye, she now seems like a happy and, dare I say, normal kid (if there is such a thing). I logged into the Twitter hashtag she’d created, liked her page, promoted it, and went on with my life.
Today, while on vacation, I got notification that I’d won a #backdownbully t-shirt. I, who have received and won more than my share of promotional t-shirts, was never more excited to get such exciting news!
I will wear that shirt with pride, and continue to preach the #backdownbully message. Not all of my friends give me promotional t-shirts to help get their message across (I’m looking at you, Hasseman Brewing) but when they do, I am going to share their stories success stories like that of my good friend Nasir!