bits & bobs: breakfast television, birthdays, and bullies
November 10, 2011 § 10 Comments
I know I’ve been very quiet lately for a number of reasons, both amazing and not-so-amazing.
I haven’t had the chance to share with you the wonderful experience I had being on Breakfast Television here in Toronto with Canadian Living, and the hours that followed at the Canadian Living Magazine headquarters, two weeks ago. Amazing!!
I also celebrated my birthday on Halloween and O.T. came up for a surprise visit for five days. Perhaps I should write a post one day about how we survive our east coast-west coast relationship. Oh, correction — survived! O.T. was just last week scooped up by IBM to design their computer chips in their offices outside of New York. Well, okay, a far suburb, but nonetheless a reasonable hour and a half driving distance to Manhattan (and a seven and a half hour driving distance from T.O. — still miles better than a seven and half hour flight including transfer). He is moving east next month! Exciting!!
But it hasn’t been a perfect picture for me. I have had some struggles over several months which I haven’t been able to openly share with you due to its personal nature. However after a lot of contemplation, I believe it is a significant subject that deserves recognition and discussion. I have experienced bullying by an individual at the workplace. It took time to recognize and identify what was happening. It took a good friend to point out flatly “You’re being bullied at your work”, to which I replied “Who? Me? Bullied? No. Really? Oh. Really.” It took strength and courage to acknowledge, report, and overcome. Everyday is another day to grow positively and move forward. Let me say this: bullying among children is no different than bullying among adults. Adults may be presumed to have stronger emotional ability to cope as victims (or that adults have solid emotional maturity not to be bullies in the first place). However, take away the playground and replace it with cubicles, take your bully and age him by several decades, take the accomplices, the bystanders, and the targets and put a few years on them too, and it’s still the same scenario. I would like to offer my experiences to shed another speck of light on the topic of workplace bullying to help those who are targets and encourage bystanders to have a voice. Workplace bullying should not be taken lightly and should receive more public recognition.
So I will share my thoughts on Breakfast Television, birthdays, and bullies in my upcoming posts…