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不要让任何人控制我

更新时间:2010-12-01    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

My Dad taught me to never let anyone push me around.
As long as I can remember I have always confronted bullies and stood up for myself. My Dad — I sure miss him— taught me to never let anyone, or anything push me around. He told me that our problems become much worse when you let someone run over you unchecked. I’ve since learned that this applies both to our personal and business lives.

Dealing with a bully in Marine Corps’ boot camp.
Back in 1968 during Marine Corps boot camp at Paris Island, I learned a lesson about dealing with bullies. One of the members of our platoon was a classic bully. He was mean, huge, muscular and a bit on the dumb side. Anyone he was around he purposely terrorized. Most of the recruits that he bullied simply took it and shrunk away from him. Then he would continue to bully and pick on them without mercy.

The day the bully decided to pick on me.
One day, this monster (whose name I cannot remember) wound up being sent back to the barracks with me and several others for clean-up duty. Once back at the barracks he started pushing me and even slapped me in the back of the head. I knew that if I didn’t stand up to him, I would become his new whipping boy – so I turned around and with all my might, made a fist and hit him square in the jaw. I expected him to go down but instead he just stood there somewhat stunned that someone like me would attack him. To my disbelief and horror, he simply shook off the punch, gave me a look of sudden anger, clenched his fists and roared that he was going to kill me.

He threw a violent punch with the intention of knocking me into next week!
When he rushed at me, he threw a violent punch aimed square at my head — if it connected, it had the potential of knocking me into next week — but I ducked and jumped through his legs (he was a huge guy) and came up in back of him. I then leaped on his back and started hitting him on the side of his head and neck. He did everything he could to throw me off. He banged his back (and me) into a wall and threw himself backwards into the barrack's floor. Inspite all of this, I hung on for dear life and kept hitting him as hard and often as I possibly could. He howled and unleashed a string of obscenitites. Then the rest of the guys jumped in and pulled us apart.

After being pulled apart he tried a few more times to get at me, but between me making it a point to stay well clear of him and the others jumping in to restrain him, he didn’t get his hands on me. Then the others reminded him that the drill instructor would return shortly, and it was his fear of the drill instructor's arrival that finally calmed him down.

The bully never bothered me again.
He pointed at me and said he was going to beat me to death when he got the chance. In turn, I looked him straight in the eye and told him to leave me alone. From that day forward he never bothered me again. The lesson I learned from this was a simple but valuable one. The moment anyone attacks you in anyway, and you are not able to defuse the situation or walk away, you must stand up for yourself.

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