Jan 9, 2016
The Snapping Point of Lasting Change and Finding Compassion When People are Petty
We all have a snapping snapping point and it can change our world when it happens.
I remember the first time I stood up for myself. I was 10.
We had just finished wrestling, as boys tend to do, and I was done... but he wasn't.
I sat at the table, tired and really not interested in wrestling anymore. And he kept saying, "Come on, let's wrestle some more."
I was like, "Nope, I'm done. Too tired, don't want to anymore."
"Come on, let's wrestle again!"
"No. I don't want to."
"Come on!" (play slaps my face)
"No... I'm done!"
"Let's go, let's just wrestle a little more!"
I don't know where it came from, but my hand turned into a fist, and my body twisted while my arm swung towards his face.
My fist connected with his jaw, and he went to the ground holding his mouth.
I sat down calmly and spoke softly, "I told you, I don't want to wrestle anymore."
He eventually got up (seemed like 5 minutes, but it was probably like 20 seconds or something - who knows!) and went home.
Up until that time, I h…