Be Kind

February 02, 2018

I saw the movie before I read the book.  Actually, I haven't read the book, Wonder, but it is on my TBR list.  When I first saw the book cover, I wondered what it was about.  I didn't pick it up because I will admit, I'm a cover snob.  I do judge a book by it's cover.

The story line was created from a mother/child response to seeing someone with very different facial features.  Her son seemed scared and started to cry.  Author, R J Palacio, didn't know how to respond and quickly whisked him away to shield the little girl from his reaction.  The reflections of this passing moment - wondering what it was like to face a world who didn't know how to face you back - inspired a touching story, impacting all who read or saw it on the big screen.

Hollywood has a way of softening reality while softening our hearts.  I was pleasantly surprised when the story opened up further to reveal the back stories of friends and family.  Of course!  Everyone has some hard thing they are going through, safely tucked inside where no one can see it.  The hurt is still there behind the facade.  

Let's learn to be more kind this month.  Teach by example how we can respond to differences - seen or unseen - by treating others with respect and a smile.  Give compliments freely.  Inspire confidence.  Create an environment where every name is safe in every conversation.   

Remember:  YOU are included.  Be kind to yourself.



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