Simon Says Mean People and Bullies Not Welcome

This simple yet significant message was on the admission sign as I was paying to go into a auto museum.


Simon says mean people and bullies not welcome.


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As I walked around looking at all the beautiful classic cars, I kept thinking about the sign.

What if? What if every home, school, company, restaurant, airport, stadium, and park posted a sign saying the same thing? Mean people and bullies not welcome.

This simple yet significant message would be seen everywhere. If someone was bullying someone in a restaurant you could simply point to the sign and say please leave the premises because bullies are not welcome. How wonderful would that be! Please don’t come in if you are going to be mean and if you are going to bully someone. Out the door you go. Bye, bye.

It’s a global message. You could live in a northwest suburb of Chicago and see the signs everywhere or you could be in Florence, Italy and see the same message. It’s universal messaging.

No yard signs of politicians running for office. No signs of politicians at every stop sign saying they are the best candidate. Instead a sign that stays up year round.

Maybe that’s just what we need. Right now.

When I was growing up, there was a song on the radio. It was in the 70s. Tony Orlando and Dawn sang it. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”.

Every tree had a yellow ribbon on it. You could drive for miles and miles and see yellow ribbons tied to trees blowing softly in the wind. It was comforting to see those ribbons.

The symbol of the yellow ribbon became widely known in the 1970s as a reminder that an absent loved one in the military would be welcomed home on their return.

The yellow ribbons appeared again in 1980 when Americans put them on trees to remember the hostages being held in Iran.


The yellow ribbon was a sign of hope, unity, and love.


Imagine spontaneous appearances all around the world showing this message. Mean people and bullies not welcome.

Maybe this is just what we need right now. Focus on sending positive messages and stand up to people that don’t treat others with respect.


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So instead of seeing yellow ribbons, you would see -mean people and bullies not welcome.

Maybe, just maybe this is the message we need to be seeing now. Stand up, have a voice saying that being mean to people and bullying people is not accepted. Open the door and out you go and take your mean attitude with you. Maybe that person will think twice about doing that again to someone. Bullies have excluded others by being mean. Now it’s time to turn the table and exclude them. Let them know this type of behavior won’t be tolerated. United we stand.





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