After a weekend with the flu and a missed day of work, I am hopefully back to my regular blogging schedule. This last week was full of sneezing, coughing, blowing my nose, and being generally low energy. At least all the sitting around in bed gave me some time to think and reflect on how the summer is quickly passing by. It’s hard to believe that in just another month’s time we’ll be back in school talking to friends, sitting through classes, and Green Dotting our communities.
Even though we’re right in the thick of summer we should remember to be the best bystanders we can be at any given time. Regardless of where you are or how you’re spending your time, you’re most likely interacting with other people, even if it’s just a few. Remember, anywhere that people are gathered you are a bystander. Remember that a good Green Dot bystander is always on guard and ready to help if the need arises. By using your 3 D’s, (Direct, Delegate, or Distract), you can be a huge positive influence in preventing violence in your groups. No matter what your obstacles, no matter what makes it hard, there is a Green Dot for you. Whether it’s getting directly involved to break up a heated argument that you’re afraid is going to turn violent, or delegating to someone you trust about a friend who hasn’t been themselves lately, or distracting to diffuse conflict, there is a Green Dot for you. We want all of our readers to make the commitment to not find themselves sitting idle or being a passive bystander in a time of need.
Even if you aren’t a witness to the many forms of violence that happen in our communities, you can still be a positive influence in preventing it. Step up your game by spreading awareness through your words and action, we call these Proactive Green Dots. You could have a conversation about your role as a bystander or maybe plan a fun event with the intent of making people more aware of their impact on their community. Even checking in on a friend you haven’t heard from in a while could be a great Green Dot without even realizing it.
What’s really great about Green Dot is that we can all do our part to make our communities and friends safer just by being ourselves. Just by hanging out with our usual peers and by being a little more conscious of our ability to make change, we can make a huge difference for good. Be a change for good, because you never know, you might just change the world.