Point to Ponder
What are you going to do
when you are bullied? Rise UP!
What are you going to do
when you see someone being bullied? RISE
What are you going to do
when someone needs protection? RISE
Can you begin to
imagine the sound made by 3200 charged up grade 3 to grade 7
students when they stand up and shout at the top of their lungs -
'RISE UP!'? I can and it was unbelievable and humbling at
the same time.
I waited in the team box at floor level at Rexall
Place (where the Oilers or the Edmonton Rush sit during their
home games) to be introduced, to walk on the field, and to turn
and face these 3200 students.
It was a game
changer for me!
Friday, Feb. 24th the
Edmonton Rush lacrosse team hosted these kids for a first ever Rise
UP against Bullying Rally. I had been asked to share a few
I told the students I had
been a bit afraid of speaking to them. Why? Because this was not
just a speech, this was to kids, and it was important. I told them I
remembered being picked on when I was very young and how it made me
I asked if they would
allow me to share a few ideas with that 8 year old version of myself
(Robert as I was called then). Would that be ok? They said
Here is some of
what I told my 8 year old self:
I ended with the questions used at the start of this
article. They responded with an enthusiasm that gave me goosebumps
and made my heart beat even faster.
- Get over the expectation
that life is fair - it isn't! Things happen and they aren't always
good. But you'll get through it because you believe in
- Don't compare yourself
with anyone else. Compare yourself with you from yesterday. How
have you grown?
- Celebrate every win,
regardless of how small. Do your own happy dance.
- Be somebody and make a
- Take personal leadership
and responsibility for your life. Be a leader!
I found myself speaking
with a level of passion not felt for awhile. I found myself rising
up and challenging them!
They stood up and
declared that they would Rise UP! And, I
As I watch this video
again I am struck with the thought that these ideas shared with the
8 year old me ring as true and valid today and are as needed by the
soon to be 63 year old me. Perhaps they ring true for you as
well? We need to Rise Up in support of who we are and who we still
want to be, of what we want to accomplish in our lives.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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As this ezine goes out it will be two
days until my long time friend and mentor Sheryl Roush flies into
Edmonton. She is our feature speaker at the Sat. March 10th CAPS
Edmonton Business Development session. Visit: www.capsedmonton.ca
She is flying in early to be a part
of the Speaking for Success boot camp we are doing on Friday.
6 speakers including Sheryl and myself offering a full day
focused on helping people hone their speaking skills and moving
their confidence to the next level. We still have a few seats
open if you know anyone in the Edmonton area. Tell them to
visit: www.albertaspeakers.com/S4S.htm for information
and to register. It will be an amazing day of fun
March is going very fast
as our March 26th departure to Hong Kong and Australia
Both Irene and I are
scrambling to get caught up so we can get on that plane and let it
go... taxes, planning presentations (here, Australia, Montreal,
Ottawa). Working on CAPS Edmonton areas as well as doing some
preliminary work on the Foundation part of the upcoming CAPS
convention in Winnipeg.
But it will be worth the
extra work to get caught up and prepared for a busy two weeks in May
when we return. It will be worth it to see Irene's face when she
sees her daughter again in Perth on the 31st, and to see Amanda and
Michael get married on that beach in Kalbarri on April 4th... and to
relax, do some sailing, swim with the dolphins and spend time
All the very best.
Bob 'Idea Man'
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