Posted by: karenevoss | January 22, 2017

Something About Grace

There’s something very special about Grace Vanderwaal, the 2016 America’s Got Talent winner, and her music. Maybe it’s because 12 (now 13) represents an awkward age or maybe her lyrics reflect what each of us feels at some point in our lives at age 12 or as an adult.

Her song, “Clay”, spoke to me as I thought back to my childhood. Teasing seemed like a natural thing children did to each other. From being name called to name calling linked a circle of people because you pick that stuff up from others. Not everyone knows you could use your backbone and stand up for yourself.

Nowadays, it’s called bullying and children continue to struggle from other children’s’ teasing. The news and social media continue to report children who completed suicide when no one could stop the bullying. The old saying about “sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you” holds false. Words can hurt and they can do serious damage emotionally and mentally. Words can berate and it doesn’t take long for someone to believe those words and for their demeanor to change.

The same thing happens when you direct positive and encouraging words to others; you can change their demeanor for the good. Encouragement creates success and success encourages positive actions in which positive results occur. Be the change you want to see in the world.




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