I don't beat-up kids for their lunch money.
I don't use derogatory terms when talking with people.
I try to be kind to the people I come across every day.
I'm not a bully... At least I don't think I am.
I saw this video today and I felt convicted. Maybe I am a bully.
I will jokingly call someone a "knob".
I will give people "fun" nicknames that they might not feel are complimentary.
I will give someone a shot in the arm, or mess up their hair to say hi.
I will tease Tim Maassarany for being a fan of the Leafs.
Sure I'm smiling and joking when I do it, but that doesn't excuse me from being a bully. It may be good-natured but no doubt it can still hurt the victim.
That video served as a bit of a wake-up call for me. I need to be careful when I joke and play that it isn't being taken the wrong way.