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A father said to his daughter “You have graduated with honors, here is a car I bought many years ago. It is a bit older now but before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them you want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it. The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.” The father said, now “Take it to the pawn shop.” The daughter went to the pawn shop, returned to her father and said,”The pawn shop offered only $100 because it is an old car.” The father asked his daughter to go to a car club now and show them the car. The daughter then took the car to the club, returned and told her father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because it’s a Holden Torana and it's an iconic car and sought by many collectors” Now the father said this to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way,”
If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place.
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The founder of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid, was asked about the future of his country, and he replied - "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover, but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again"
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I wanted to go into this a bit further, after a recent post, because I can’t stop thinking about this amazing Wonder women being torn down and bullied. (Check out my previous post for more context).
Our 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year New Zealander of the Year Awards, Siouxie Wiles, microbiologist and science communicator specialising infectious diseases and bioluminescence; The head of University of Auckland's Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, She is also a published author, an active blogger, online podcaster, a commentator on Radio New Zealand and appears on TV shows to discuss science stories in the news and winner of many accolades, such as 3Rs Prize (NC3Rs) (2005), Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (2009), Prime Minister's Prize for Science Media Communication (2013), Callaghan Medal (2013), Blake Medal (2016), New Zealand Skeptics' Skeptic of the Year Award (2016), to name but a few.
Fair to say, an incredible woman who has helped many communities and NZ as a nation to better understand Covid 19 and educate us from a scientific standpoint.
After her announcement at the recent 2021 New Zealander of the year, she become, once again, the victim of online abuse.
"Obviously with Wednesday's announcement there's been a lot of it," she said. "It's been absolutely amazing - there's just so many people who have been so pleased with the result but there's the classic, 'is she even a New Zealander' and various things like expertise and hair and that sort of stuff." Others had said she did not deserve the award because she was just doing her job” (Credit, NZ Herald)
Siouxsie has spoken up before about being the victim of cyber bullying. In July 2020, Siouxsie spoke to Newstalk ZB & nzherald.co.nz:
‘The prominent science communicator, who answered the nation's Covid-19 questions during lockdown, has revealed dozens of ugly insults and threats she has received on social media aimed at her bright pink hair and her weight. Some of the more repeatable ones include; "Pink could lose a few pounds just saying", "I'm guessing around 100lbs at least to be out of her current obese state .. what do you think @SiouxsieW ?" and "Bloomfield got the Bus. This one is going to need something a bit bigger" with an image of a train’, "Maybe you need to try the Pasta diet 'Suzy'? Go pasta fridge, pasta shop, pasta Macca's…"), her credentials ("Sixiouse Willis is a moron." [sic]) and her personality ("This bitch is evil"). (Credit: News Talk ZB, Weekend Herald)
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bullying (cyber in general) in the world. There is a huge link between bullying and suicide, particularly in our teens. Because technology and social media is becoming more prevalent, cyber bullying is on the rise, with the perpetrators (often ‘faceless’), being able to easily sit behind their screens and bully, spread rumours, defame, troll, causing harm to their victims.
This 'tall poppy syndrome' (note: jealousy, insecurity and issues of the abusers) behavior is absolutely disgusting and makes me ashamed to be a New Zealander. There should be NO place in our country (or any country!) for this.
As a victim myself, being bullied throughout my schooling years and beyond (into the workplace), I can honestly say that it has affected me greatly, In recent years I have sufferered from anxiety about being bullied again and anxiety every time I get a notification on my public pages, I avoid conflict, I have issues with women and trusting their intentions, and in turn it has caused me to be overprotective of my daughter; already having issues with my ‘vigilante’ attitude to her schoolyard bullying. Yes, it triggers me. I’m only human. I will absolutely no longer tolerate it; Bullies need to be called out and I am taking a stand to speak up and fight against bullying!!!!
So, next time you consider typing something, stop and think, will this actually do any good? Will this be benefiting anyone or are you purely posting because of your own issues (whatever they may be?) If you witness bullying of any sort; backstabbing, name calling, online trolling (even against strangers), please, please call them out. Make them realise that this is not healthy behavior, for anyone involved!
Bullying-Free NZ Week is coming up 17-21 May 2021; for more info about bullying in NZ, check out:
This ‘Wonder Woman’ has vast experience in numerous Charitable Organisations, Churches, Corporate Companies, Not-for-Profit Institutions, as well as Small and Medium Enterprises and holds several qualifications in Accounting, Psychology, Theology, and a Post Grad. in Management AND also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Leadership Practice. 🙌🏼
We have actually known each other for many years through a mutual friend but recently reconnected and decided to have regular lunch dates to discuss the ‘I’m Enough’ organisation and other important social issues facing New Zealanders everyday.
As many will know, so love advocating for what I believe in and standing up against (cyber) bullying is definitely one of them, as someone who was bullied through school and the workplace for over two decades. (Would love for someone to try it now that I’ve learned to stand up for myself! 😅😎👊🏻)
I’m Enough is a non-profit organisation founded by another ‘Wonder Woman’, Cathy Hayward Mellett, dedicated to helping individuals recognise the wide-reaching impact of digital addiction, digital anxiety, it’s potential causes and to provide down to earth discussions and strategies that may support an individual. I’m Enough’s objective is to provide mindset support and practical suggestions. They aim to assist you to maximise your digital resilience, improve your happiness and reduce anxiety.
We talk a lot specifically about Cyber Bullying as this is something that shocks me every single day so I whole heartedly value ‘I’m Enough’s work and look forward to supporting them in any way so can (Step one, Spread the word! 😉☝🏽)