A group of 10+ middle school kids on a violent rampage through the streets of Louisville, KY????
This again drives home another important point that I harp on in the classes that I teach through ARCS…..Violence Is Not Rational!
No rational person wants to think that a group of middle schools is going to come along, throw a trash can and rocks at your car, and then punch you in the face while your boyfriend and children witness the chaos.
To many times we think that we can reason and rationalize our way out of a violent attack and it ends up biting us in the ass.
I am not saying that fighting is the answer every time, BUT sometimes it is the ONLY answer! Yet we hesitate and refuse to act. We get caught up doing everything we can and then some to escape an inescapable situation.
The time is now to decide where you will draw your personal line in the sand!
- How close will you let a stranger get to you before you decide to be assertive and tell them “stop” or “back up”?
- Will you open the door for a stranger that is asking for help and expose yourself to the risk of attack because you feel guilty for not opening the door to speak to them?
These are just a couple examples of the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself and prepare for now. That way you will at least have prepared some sort of game plan that will allow you to act if necessary rather than being frozen in surprise and shock.
Violence often approaches in an irrational manner. Have some ideas and plans laid out in your mind so you do not find yourself in a situation where you are trying to reason with an attacker only to discover that the time for reasoning is long past and you should already be in action!