Kindness and Wonder.

6 Dec

From our inspiration this morning:

If you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.
-spoken by the character Mr. Tushman in Wonder by RJ Palacio

The author says her story is a “meditation on kindness” – it is certainly the prominent theme throughout Wonder, by RJ Palacio.  One of the characters, a teacher, uses precepts (rules to live by) to teach his students important values.

Mr. Browne’s Precepts:

  1. “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”   —Dr. Wayne Dyer
  2. “Your deeds are your monuments.”   —Inscription on ancient Egyptian tomb
  3. “Have no friends not equal to yourself.”   —Confucius
  4. “Fortune favors the bold.”   —Virgil
  5. “No man is an island, entire of itself.”   —John Donne
  6. “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”   —James Thurber
  7. “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”   —Blaise Pascal
  8. “What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.”   —Sappho
  9. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”   —John Wesley
  10. “Just follow the day and reach for the sun.”   —The Polyphonic Spree

Bonus:

  1. “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world.”   —Auggie Pullman (protagonist of Wonder)

If you haven’t yet read this junior fiction novel, get to it soon!  It’s a quick and easy read since it is aimed at 3-5th graders, but the message will linger with you far beyond the time it takes to read.

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