Do you realize what your words can do?

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I found this on Michel Fortin’s blog over the weekend and was blown-away.

No need for explanation, just watch it, then pass it on…

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41 responses

41 responses to “Do you realize what your words can do?”

  1. Good grief, Jonathan. You are killing me here.

    Retweet on the way.

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  3. LisaN says:

    It brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. […] video I found at Jonathan Fields, Awake@theWheel.  I literally just posted  “keep Your Tits Real” when I saw this on […]

  5. I just CAN’T BELIEVE you posted this. I literally just finished “Keep Your Tits Real” when I popped over to see what you had written.

    I just had to repost this video.

  6. Adam Kayce says:

    I did an exercise just like that in college, with a group of 20 or so people (all different backgrounds, races, colors, you name it)… we were never the same after that.

    After that, there were no boundary lines, no distance. No taboos. Nothing to keep us separate. We all became amazingly close, and forged bonds that ran very, very deep.

    I’ve lost touch with them over the years, but I think of them often (seriously; I’m not just saying that…). It’s an amazing exercise.

  7. Kristen says:

    This is great! Schools across America should show this.

  8. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Megan – that’s my sole purpose, killing ya with kindness! 😉

    @ LisaN – my pleasure, glad you enjoyed it!

    @ Hayden – Hey, it’s the perfect segue from your prior post! 😉

    @ Adam – Thanks for sharing your story, I never went through anything similar, but just watching these kids do it was pretty powerful for me

    @ Kristen – totally agree, I am going to see if I can find out more about the program

  9. LisaN says:

    @Kristen I’m not sure if showing it is enough. Kids are very cynical and unless they’re able to experience it themselves, I don’t think it would have the same impact.

    Oh, it might create a short lived buzz, but IMHO, only via the actual experience would minds be changed.

  10. Shama Hyder says:

    Definitely powerful stuff!

  11. Holy shit, dude. I’m trying to WORK here.

  12. […] Today, I’ll be walking a different path, and am sharing this moving video I discovered over at Jonathan’s blog, Awake At The Wheel. […]

  13. Shana Albert says:

    Wow, what an amazing video!! I was brought to tears. I hope all High Schools start exercises just like this one.

    Thanks for sharing it with us, Jonathan. 🙂

  14. Ben says:

    So wonderful! It is has often been in my weakness, vulnerability, and genuine need for help when I inadvertently found the ability to open and accept the hand, the hugs, and the soothing most real presence of another human being. That openness is unsurpassed.

    Thank you so much Johnathan for passing this along! I sure did need to see this video.

    Deep Bow..

  15. James Parr says:

    I dread to think what would happen if someone tried this in a school in the UK, think it might be an American/Canadian specific exercise that one…

  16. Rich says:

    Hi Jonathan, thank you for this piece. I’ve been involved in similar exercises and can say that I was deeply impacted, every time. It would be wonderful if this type of training were an everyday part of our education throughout our school years. It’s my belief that we would be living a much kinder society as a result.

  17. Peter says:

    wow….Im SO inspired!
    NOT, what b.s

  18. spostareduro says:

    (mrs vester from SU sent this to me by way of toolbar.)

    hard not to cry when you see people openly expressing their vulnerabilities like that. especially hard for them do that, because they have already been treated poorly and are likely feeling terrified of showing their hurts.

    i dont know how the world has gotten so detached and cruel, but it has. and this is how it is affecting others.

    thanks for showing this.

  19. […] Jonathan Fields was the author of the particular blog post I found this video on, but he gives credit to Michel Fortin for the find. […]

  20. jolioli says:

    Even my hard hat, hard core buddies would be touched by this.

  21. Aileen says:

    YES! YES! Thank you Yuba!

  22. Maxine says:

    Yes, I cried cuz i identified with being a victim and an abuser-hard to acknowledge. Why cant we guard our tongues more? The most lethal weapon in the universe.
    Thanks for doing this video cuz it communicates more than words could ever do and i’m gonna circulate this to all my adult friends and children.

  23. Colin says:

    Oh for christ’s sake… Please.
    This is so sappy. Jesus, man. Making fun of people is human nature. It hurts. No need for tears.

  24. renee says:

    they do this in my school.
    it’s a day called challenge day.
    it’s supposed to bring kids who go through the same things together.
    it’s a little more than just judgments though.
    it’s also like.. personal experience.

  25. dan says:

    This video tries to assume that those things criticized aren’t a normal part of growing up. Western society needs to toughen up, if kids learn to deal with this shit while they are young they build stronger foundations for dealing with the same type of crap that will happen to them later on in life. But no, instead we breed individuals without the self solid self confidence foundations that are required for them to act like individuals. We could take a lesson from easter societies on this. Why is it alright to criticize someone for smoking but not for being out of shape? All you have to do is travel and work and live in other cultures for awhile to realize how much of your character is nothing but conditioning and how much the society that you live in is nothing but culture. Is it better for an ugly kid to grow up thinking he is beautiful and always wondering why the hot girl in class keeps turning him down or for him to accept it and move on as a strong individual, conditioned as such at a young age by his peers, ?

  26. spostareduro says:

    dan: “This video tries to assume that those things criticized aren’t a normal part of growing up.”

    This video assumes responsibility for spreading awareness.

    It does not assume that these things are not a normal part of growing up. If anything, it assumes that these things are considered TOO normal for the majority.

    It assumes that maybe it can help others see the error of their ways if they show how they hurt others.

    It assumes that sometimes even the ‘bad guys’ may have been hurt themselves, which led to their abusive behavior to begin with.

    It assumes that people like you may visit blogs that promote it, only to thrash the awareness that can promote CHANGE as opposed to ‘deal with it’..

    Am I to assume that you also take the same stand where ALL injustices are concerned?

    would it also be safe to assume that you believe nobody should strive to promote this awareness because there are too many that will shoot it the name of ‘its a normal part of life’?

    If so, why did you bother to submit your comment? It was YOUR form of ‘awareness’ as distorted as it may be. Am I now to assume that you would rather spread “dealing with it is the answer” as opposed to “change is the answer”?

  27. Greg says:

    I agree with dan, you have to be able to take abuse. There are plenty of people that realize how making fun of others impacts them. In fact they count on it to get ahead, via spreading rumors, or directly to destroy other people’s confidence and reputation. It will never stop because there are truly people that do not care about other people, just themselves. The are called sociopaths and they will bash anyone to get ahead. So if you want a method of change, realize the motive of the person doing the name calling instead of letting their words destroy you. Then either ignore them or prove them wrong if what they say has an effect on more than your feelings. Because rolling over and crying about it doesn’t fix anything.
    Sure this method might promote a moment of inspiration and you might be able to relate to the people during this intervention. But after that when the tears have stopped and emotions level out, you have different people to deal with and it isn’t realistic to have these meetings with everyone in the world, because no method is 100%. And this is borderline systematic brainwashing.

  28. spostareduro says:

    just so we get this straight..sometimes, one couple that promote things of this nature can do far more than touch 1 person, or one school.

    take a look at the source:

    the couple that began this effort, were featured on Oprah, and have received awards.

    im not saying that poor treatment should be sniveled about then drowned in pity-me’s. im saying that theres far too many people that would rather say’ deal with it’ then there are people that will prmote otherwise. that is one aof our biggest problems today.

    not enough care. Awareness will always be best. it will turn SOME around and they will will pass it on to their family, friends and children.

  29. hingershfingerdinger says:

    man i feel all alone, i wouldn’t have crossed the line at all

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  31. klaas says:

    Never seeen tjis on my school wondering when they going to do that i fink it is good

  32. Diane says:

    This video really surprised me.The kids actually listened and took it seriously.That was a shock to me.I guess sometimes people don’t even realize how they’re hurting someone.It would be great if they tried this at all high schools,apparently it really would do some good.Great video.Had to stop myself from crying.

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  34. David says:

    This was stupid. Words are just that, words. Words ill spoken by someone, only have power when you give them power. Say what you want, you cannot offend me.

  35. “ill spoken by someone, only have power when you give them power”

    Obviously some people find it more difficult than “Shazzam. Be healed!” D U H

  36. Julie says:

    This truly brought tears to my eyes as I have been one of these kids. I think that this exercise should be done in every school in every nation. I have children with disabilities, not the kind that totally disable you but more like ADHD. I can only hope that all school administrations can see this and do this exercise and put it into place in their schools. Such an eye opening experience that all kids need to experience. Very heartwarming. Thank you for posting this and sharing this with the world.

  37. Gino says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, just watching it brought about some much needed and excellently timed catharsis. Much love.

  38. Jessica says:

    I actually mentored one of these with the same people running it as you saw. It was truly amazing, and it was real. This stuff is not fake.

  39. Cyndi Krafthefer says:

    I have never, ever attempted to blog before watching this heart wrenching reality!

    May God Bless and Keep you! You have certainly blessed all of us!

  40. markm says:

    i dont know…sounds like a quick fix

    is the big bully cured for life?