Hey, Green Dotters! It’s November, and the holiday season is approaching FAST. We know just how hectic this time of year can get. You may be constantly making plans with friends and family, you may be finding time to find the perfect gift, or you may have travel plans that are keeping you on your toes. We get it. It can be very easy to get lost in the fray of the holidays. Sometimes, you can be so entwined in the business of it all that you forget to make sure you’re living the Green Dot life. This November is not only the start of the holidays, but it is Action Event Month! It can be so easy to forget about actively making green dots when you’re out of school and you’re focused on what this season brings; and that’s totally understandable. So, during this time, it’s important to make sure that you are constantly reacting to what you see and what’s going on around you.
As you know, drama has a way of finding its way into everyone’s lives. Maybe during your break you see a friend post a shady tweet about another one of your close friends. It can be hard to address this type of situation when your top priority is to stay drama free and it can be especially hard when it’s occurring amongst friends. However, it’s important that you react to the drama in order to help stop it. In this situation, it’s important to remember the three Ds: Direct, Delegate and Distract. If you feel comfortable enough to be direct with your friend, contact them and let them know what they did was not cool. Or, if being direct is not your speed, try to delegate by reporting the tweet, or by telling a trusted adult or a friend who you know will have no problem being direct. Lastly, you can post other content such as memes or jokes in order to detract from what’s going on.
This Action Event Month, no matter what the situation is, always remind yourself about the three Ds: Direct, Delegate and Distract. Remembering to react can end the drama and other possible situations. This November, we encourage you to take action and be the change. Let’s stop the drama!