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Title: Day 20_Be True to Yourself
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Goal: this task will increase the determination of the goal to let go and move on, making it possible to gain something much better by doing so (Justice).
Next Step - JP published this Cognitive Task at under Societal | Foster Care and Education | Interpersonal and Social Skills
Doers: 7 | Form: Cognitive Task | Phase: | Type: Primary | Level: 1 | Code:
Start: Dec 12, 2019 | When: | Duration: 15 Minute(s)
  • There is another kind of injustice to consider: lies, bullying and smear campaigns meant to hurt our feelings and destroy our reputations.

    Sometimes people we thought we could trust start a campaign of lies or gossip against us or those we love.

    They try to pull people away from us. They divide friendships. It's an example of a lack of character, and it shows a lack of integrity.

    This sort of action usually stems from jealousy or a fear of losing control.

    Has this happened to you?
  • What happened?

    What did you do about it?

    What was the result?
  • An example of this type of injustice is shown in the 1939 classic, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Mr. Smith, played by the legendary Jimmy Stewart, is a small-town man of integrity who becomes a US Senator.

    When he refuses to go against his conscience and vote the way that the Sen. Paine and Mr. Taylor want him to vote, then he becomes the object of a malicious smear campaign by the two of them.

    Go to the 'demo' tab and watch how Sen. Smith fights back.

    Select "Successful" when you've finished both film clips.
  • What did you think of the young Sen. Smith's situation and the way he handled it?
  • It's difficult to engage people in this unfair practice.

    Sometimes their behavior is a public thrashing that makes you look bad no matter how you respond.

    Sometimes their actions are sneaky but equally powerful and diabolical in their intent.

    Their bullying behavior stems from their own fear or jealousy or an exaggerated sense of injustice that has nothing to do with you. They're most afraid of being called out.

    If you wage war through social media or public confrontations, you'll be made to look foolish. (Think about some of the recent social media feuds you've seen. Ugly!)

    We do not recommend retaliation. That will only make you look bad, and you run the risk that the instigator will gain sympathy from others.

    In the end, truth and living a life of integrity are your best defenses.

    In short, be honest and keep being you. Do that, and you've already won.

    Here's another thought:

    Approach the key player in the crowd that's turned against you.

    *Tell them what you've seen or heard.
    *Ask what they meant by it.
    *Tell them very calmly the truth of the matter, or you could tell them that what they said or did was very hurtful.
    *Forgive them, letting them know you're not going to allow their tactics to steal from your peace of mind.
    *Walk away with dignity.

    How willing are you to follow through with that suggestion?
  • At the same time, if you've done this to someone else, describe how you can approach them, apologize and make amends.
  • If you have a chance, stream or check out the DVD of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

    Post to your Next Step community if you watch it and tell them what you thought.
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