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SoCS: Forest Gump, Bullies, and a Happy Animal Video


Today’s prompt from Linda Hill:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

“RUN Forest, RUN!” was the first thing I thought of. I’ve watch Forest Gump how many times? At least 20, but who’s counting? It’s on tonight, and I might watch it again. Okay, I don’t really watch the whole thing every time. I’m also on the computer, or doing laundry….. but I’ll pay attention to my favorite parts, like when Forest and Jenny meet in Washington and everybody cheers when Forest in his army uniform embraces the hippie chick in the cement pond. If you want to just watch the reunion embrace, go to 3 minutes into this video:

Forest Gump is a movie about many things and has great music. In the beginning, Jenny tells Forest to run from the bullies so he doesn’t get beat up. Later, she tells him to run to save his life when he’s about to go to Vietnam, where he does run but also becomes a hero saving his buddies who don’t all make it.

Sometimes it’s good to run or avoid bullies. I admit that avoiding conflict is my default fault. Though why not avoid unnecessary conflict? Still, there are times when we need to face conflict with courage. There are times when we need to stand up for ourselves or someone else whether it’s a helpless animal, a child, or someone being harassed.

I recently read an article my friend shared on FB about what a bystander can do when witnessing harassment. (I had to type that word three times before it came out right.) The following article contains options about what a bystander can do when someone else is being harassed. It has something called the five Ds. (As an aside, there are four Ds for quitting smoking or other addictions: Distract, Delay, Drink Water, Do something else. I know it’s not that simple.)

The five Ds of intervention if we are a bystander go something like this:

Direct Intervention (after assessing for safety)

Distract by engaging the targeted person supportively

Delegate by enlisting help from a third party

Delayed response (this could also be debriefing)


Okay, that’s five Ds. As you might guess, I broke out of the stream of consciousness for a brief period to go the article, but only because this is important. I can imagine being supportive of the person who is targeted easier than I can directly addressing the harasser. But I hope if I’m ever in this situation, I can be courageous and safe at the same time.

Here’s the article: SPLC on Campus: A guide to bystander intervention | Southern Poverty Law Center (

I guess Jenny’s “Run Forest, Run!” is somewhere between direct intervention and distraction.
Now I wish I’d shared the video of Forest and Jenny here, because I like to end on a happy note. Well, you can always go back and watch the end of the video again. 🙂

Or you can watch this video of happy animals playing, running, and Jumping:


For more streams of consciousness, rules and guidelines, run on over to Linda’s blog:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 27, 2021 | (

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

22 thoughts on “SoCS: Forest Gump, Bullies, and a Happy Animal Video

  1. I’ve never seen Forrest Gump. You have made me realise that is an omission I should put right

  2. I enjoyed watching the video of happy animals JoAnna.

  3. I haven’t watched Forrest Gump in a long time. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll have to revisit. I am with you, JoAnna, I’ll face conflict if I have to, but would prefer to avoid it if possible. It makes sense, with harassment, to support the targeted person first and make sure they are okay. The harasser wants conflict and if you take that out of the equation, it weakens the attack. I always hope and pray that I will be strong enough to do the right thing if ever in that situation.

    Thanks for the fun animal video. It’s not only children and adult young at heart who like to play.

    • I agree on all counts! I had enough conflict in my 30 years as an addiction counselor. But I’d still support and protect the vulnerable if I can. Glad you enjoyed the video!

  4. Love the happy animal video!! Thanks for sharing 😊

  5. Thanks for sharing the five Ds of intervention. When my boys were kids I had to intervene with bullies on a number of occasions. I can only hope that I would respond with courage should the need arises.

  6. The ones I like are the ones where big cats (lions, tigers etc.) are in an animal sanctuary and act like house cats. The keepers put a box in the area and one or more will try and get into it, or put pumpkins in around Halloween and they’ll bat them around and eat them.

  7. It is a great film. It reminsds me of The Hundred year old man who stepoped out of the window and dissapeared.”

  8. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and video!… I have seen Forrest Gump, a subtle hint about society… 🙂 hopefully today’s technology will enable people to unite and deal with bullies instead of a few having to go it alone… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your spirit only know peace
    May your heart only know love
    May all your dreams come true
    May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
    And life is all that you wish for it to be….
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

  9. I have not seen Forest Gump, but thank you for the push in the right direction – I’ll be looking it out!
    Your 5 Ds are a very wise list.

  10. Pingback: SoCS: Forest Gump, Bullies, and a Happy Animal Video | Psalm 46:10 KJV Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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