Why Me? Why Not?

Nathan - Decatur, Georgia
Entered on March 23, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: courage
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Friends, Citizens, and Families, Lend me your ears.

There is something I want to tell you. I have this problem at school. And that problem is “Bullies”.

Bullies really annoy me. Bullies are tough and obnoxious.

Sometimes Bullies want to beat people up.

Bullies seem to get into trouble a lot when they are at school.

Some have poor attitudes, while other throw temper tantrums.

Or maybe Bullies want to pick on people or steal things.

But what really annoys me is when they call me names.

Maybe you have noticed, but I wear glasses. I am near-sighted.

I have to wear glasses to see things far away. Sometimes,

Bullies will call me names like “Four Eyes”, “Geek”, or “Nerd”.

And this is a problem that I want to turn into a solution.

Last year, in late June, I began taking Karate lessons.

I am not taking Karate to get revenge toward the Bullies.

I am taking Karate so that I learn how not to fight when others

want me to fight.

My Sensei, or my Karate teacher, has taught me that if I am tempted to fight others, I should say “I don’t want to fight you, because I am scared that I will hurt you. So leave me out of this fight.”

My Sensei has also taught me that when Bullies try to make me fight them, I should say, “STOP! I will have no part of this!”

Karate has taught me great lessons.

When we are in class, we always have to end with these statements

Karate begins and ends with courtesy.

Actions have consequences.

We will always be responsible.

We lead by example.

There are no excuses for bad manners.

We always tell the truth.

So what does this mean for me?

I will always remember these words.

If I treat others with respect, they will respect me.

If I tell the truth, I will have friends.

If I don’t tell the truth, then my friends will turn against


Actions speak louder than words.

If my actions are wrong, then I will have negative consequences, such as being punished at school and home. Therefore, I will try to follow these

lessons that my sensei teaches me.

My teachers at church have also taught me to have courage.

I have learned an important verse in the bible,

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. And I have kept the faith.” That is what I want people to know about me when I die.

The good fight is facing all the challenges in life with resistance to sacrificing yourself to negative influences. I will finish the race by facing the difficult challenges.

I will keep the faith by having good in me and having the courage to tell the truth.

Thank you friends, citizens, and families for lending me your ears.