I am on night shift right now (7pm-7am) and I worked last night so I got off at 7am. I had a mandatory training at 8am so I was stuck at work for at least 2 extra hours (very few military trainings or briefings last less then an hour). So, as most would be, I wasn’t very happy or excited about this training. 

Most military trainings or briefing (especially the annual ones) are all the same– death by PowerPoint. But this briefing was different. It was called “Green Dot” and it was about ending violence. At first I was still rolling my eyes, watching the clock anxiously waiting to go home and sleep. 

But as I was paying attention and listening to the speaker, I became more interested. 

To start the training, the speaker showed a map with red dots spread all over it, and each dot represented a person who caught a contagious outbreak, and how more and more red dots showed up all over the country. Then she showed us a map of our own base, again with red dots on it. But this time each dot represented a time when violence took place. She gave us an example of when an accident happened to her, and how a random bystander took action but calling security forces. And the rest of the course tries to teach how to be a “green dot”, be the active bystander that does something. 

The courses talks about the 3 D’s– Direct, distract, delegate. I’m not going to go into each one or what they mean, you can look everything up on the website which is linked here and will also be linked down below. 

At the end of the training the speaker showed us the same map that had red dots representing violence but this time it also had green dots, and she asked us what we thought those green dots meant? Somebody answered and said, “A time when someone stepped in and took action or just random acts of kindnes” and the speaker nodded, agreeing that that was correct. She said to us, if we all just take 1-3 minutes to do something nice for somebody, to check in on a friend or a co-worker and ask if they’re doing alright, to be a “green dot” then we are effortlessly putting more green dots on the map. 

And this really stuck with me. And this concept can be used on anything, not just violence (even though that’s the mission of #LiveTheGreenDot). Just do something kind for somebody, intervene when a situation doesn’t seem right, be a good friend or co-worker. 

Our speaker challenged us to do one Green Dot act. She said it doesn’t have to be anything grand, simply tweeting the hash tag #LiveTheGreenDot shows you promote the efforts to stop violence. I was thinking about what I Green Dot I would do, and I immediately knew I was going to write a post about it. 

I want other to know about this concept and organization, to help stop and prevent violence, to put more Green Dots on the map.

So now I want to challenge you to #LiveTheGreenDot

If you would like any more information about #LiveTheGreenDot then you can visit their website: https://www.livethegreendot.com/index.html






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