Life sometimes throws us lemons, so what can we do about it? I know. Make lemonade, but sometimes that seems impossible. When we are bullied by life, including real bullies, it is difficult to see how we can turn that into something positive. I think the first thing we need to try and do is see we are not the first, nor the last, to feel this way. The second thing we need to do is find someone who cares about us: a parent, teacher, friend, clergy. There is always someone who cares. Finally, try writing. Writing was my way of trying to make the world better and releasing feelings I couldn't show others. Looking back on it now, I remember how when I wrote about some of the problems I encountered, or created something that would help me teach my great students, it made me focus on real ways to solve problems. Writing is one way to take lemons and turn them into something positive, and it doesn't need sugar. You don't even need someone to read what you write. Just reading your own thoughts at critical times helps keep things in perspective and may help you find real ways to pulverize those lemons.
Mark is the award-winning teacher/author who has set his sights on bullying and other school problems. Please join in the quest to end bullying by adding your ideas and comments.