This April 2020, I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme this month is Mental/Emotional Health. I shall be writing articles/ stories/ poems/book review/ movie review for each letter the entire month.
Today is Day 5. For the letter E, I am writing about Empowering Thoughts, reflections that make life easier to handle. And, in the process, have an empowering handle!
There was a time in my school years when I was ragged. I remember two specific years – in my 4th grade and my 8th grade. I was a sickly child, very delicate, always falling sick. I had a good friend in my 4th Grade. We used to always spend time together. The only difference between her and me was the fact that I studied well and she always just managed to pass. But of course, we did not allow that to come between us. Or so I thought. We had spent our years from the 1st Grade to the 4th Grade together so when my friend began ragging me especially during the afternoon breaks I did not understand it at first. In fact, it seemed more like a game where I was constantly losing to her antics. Gradually, I started feeling uncomfortable and began dreading recess.
What was traumatic was the fact that she was my best friend and I felt very sad within. We came to the end of the academic year and my friend couldn’t get to the next grade. I felt very bad for her but there was nothing that I could do. I tried talking to her during recess but she refused to speak to me. The only fact that was empowering was my ability to do well in studies. Because I had passed to the next grade, I was forced to be away from her and thus, escaped her ragging.
Again, in the 8th Grade, I was bullied. It wasn’t aggressive ragging but it made me feel weak from within. Not that I was mentally weak or something but the fact was that the very classmates who I indiscriminately behaved with in school were bringing my morale down. Again it was my academic life that empowered me as these very classmates came to me to guide them for a difficult chapter in a subject which they were finding hard to handle and since I excelled in the subject they asked me to help them. I overcame the hurdle again in my life.
Had I sulked or been frustrated with the two incidents that I just mentioned about then, the only consequence would have been that I would have withdrawn into myself leaving me vulnerable to more hurting attacks from people.
Instead, I empowered myself knowing what I was good at. I didn’t even have to put up an act or something. I just did best what I was efficient in. And, I sailed through!
This is what empowerment is all about. And, it applies to every human irrespective of whether he/she is a student, a professional, a homemaker or a child. Never allow any bad situation to make you feel helpless. Just peek into yourself. I am sure you have something in you that will help you tide over the crisis. Just believe. And, feel empowered!