Television anchor Jennifer Livingston recently stood up to a bully. After an email sent to the network called her overweight, she went on television to share a personal message against bullying. Livingston turned an insult into a remarkable message. She not only addressed her weight issue but called out the person who sent the email as a bully.
Overweight perhaps, but Livingston wasn’t going to let that stop her from taking a stand. She spoke on Good Morning America to talk about the incident.
“This was a personal attack,” Livingston said. “Calling me obese is one thing. Calling me a bad role model for our community that I’ve worked at for 15 years and especially for young girls when I have three girls was a low blow and I thought it was uncalled for and I wanted to call him out on it.”
In her response to the attacking insult, Livingston urged children who were victims of bullying not to allow themselves to be defined by those bullies.
Bullying behavior is not acceptable no matter how it’s portrayed.
Her husband came to her defense saying, “He doesn’t know that she has a condition, a thyroid condition that makes it harder for her to lose weight. He doesn’t know any of that,” he said. “He just decided to attack her for no reason.”
This lady has courage and spunk. How many of us would take a stand against a bully in this situation and then dare to do it on national television? How many of us would just let that email go into the trash? How many of us would let the insult bother us as we reflect into the mirrors of our homes?
There is a message here, especially to young women; Don’t let the bully get the victory.
Many young ladies struggle with a self-image.
I know about bullies.
I have faced many in my own life. Perhaps you have too. Maybe someone said you were not good enough and would never be good enough. Maybe you were an outcast by friends in school or felt you would never fit in with the popular kids.
Look in the mirror; you are a beautiful woman inside and out. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. If no one ever told you that let today be the day that changes.
When I encountered bullies in my life I reflected on those people in my life that did love me. My grandmother and my parents encouraged me. They loved me. I knew that as a young woman growing up in a fearful world if no one else would accept me, I knew they did. It mattered.
Be a woman of courage. Look to those in your life that love you, hang on to that. You matter.
Most of all, you matter to God. The creator of the entire universe loves you unconditionally. Nothing and no bully can change that.