Inse and Curity were walking home from school when Inse suddenly stopped in his tracks. “What’s wrong?” Curity asked, noticing the worried look on her little brother’s face.
“I’m being bullied,” Inse said, his voice barely above a whisper. “Every day, this kid in my class calls me names and pushes me around. I don’t know what to do.”
Curity put her arm around Inse and gave him a reassuring squeeze. “It’s okay, little brother. We’ll figure this out together.”
Over the next few days, Curity noticed that Inse seemed more withdrawn than usual. He was quieter than usual at dinner, and he seemed hesitant to play with his friends after school. She knew that she needed to help Inse build his confidence so that he could stand up for himself.
One afternoon, Curity sat down with Inse and asked him to tell her more about what was happening at school. As Inse opened up, Curity listened carefully, using her voice of security to provide support and reassurance. She reminded Inse that the bully’s behavior wasn’t his fault and that he deserved to be treated with kindness and respect.
“Let’s try using the five transformations to help you deal with this situation,” Curity said. “First, you need to ignore the voice of insecurity that’s telling you that you can’t do anything about the bullying. That’s just a voice that’s trying to bring you down. Instead, try to use it as inspiration. Use the things the bully says to you as fuel to make you stronger and more determined to stand up for yourself.”
Inse nodded slowly, taking in Curity’s words. He felt a glimmer of hope in his chest.
“Next, let’s focus on the voice of security,” Curity continued. “This is the voice that tells you that you’re strong, capable, and deserving of respect. Listen to this voice and believe in yourself. You are a wonderful person who deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.”
Inse took a deep breath and closed his eyes. He pictured himself standing up to the bully, his voice strong and unwavering. He could feel the power of his own voice of security growing inside him.
“Good job, little brother,” Curity said, patting his hand. “Now let’s move on to the fourth transformation: taking action. I want you to talk to your teacher or the school counselor about what’s been happening. You don’t have to face this alone. There are people who can help you.”
Inse nodded, feeling more confident than he had in days. He knew that he could do this.
Over the next few days, Inse took Curity’s advice and talked to his teacher about the bullying. Together, they came up with a plan to address the situation. Inse’s teacher talked to the bully’s parents, and the school counselor spoke with the bully about his behavior. Inse also started spending more time with a group of friends who supported him and made him feel good about himself.
As the days passed, Inse felt himself growing stronger and more self-assured. He still heard the voice of insecurity from time to time, but now he knew how to use it as inspiration instead of letting it bring him down. And he felt a sense of gratitude for the voice of security that had helped him find the strength to stand up for himself.
“Thanks, Curity,” Inse said one day as they walked home from school. “I couldn’t have done it without you.”
“You did it all on your own, little brother,” Curity said, giving him a hug. “I just helped you find the strength that was already inside you.”
Inse and Curity walked out of the principal’s office with a sense of relief. Inse felt lighter, like a burden had been lifted off his shoulders. He turned to Curity and said, “I feel better now. I’m glad I talked to the principal and you.”
Curity smiled at Inse and said, “I’m proud of you, Inse. You were very brave today.”
Inse looked up at Curity and smiled back. “Thanks, Curity. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
From that day on, Inse felt more confident in himself. He knew that he could rely on Curity and the voice of security to help him when he needed it. He no longer let the voice of insecurity control him. Instead, he used it as inspiration to be a better person.
Inse also learned that it was important to stand up for himself and speak out when someone was treating him unfairly. He became more assertive and self-assured, and his classmates began to notice the change in him.
The next time Inse encountered the bully, he stood his ground and firmly told him to stop. The bully was taken aback by Inse’s confidence and backed off.
Inse realized that he had the power to control his own destiny, and that he could overcome his fears and insecurities by using the five transformations.
And so, Inse and Curity continued on their adventures, facing new challenges and learning important lessons along the way.