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A 3-2-1 Reflection
Last night I finished Wonder.
3 Things I Discovered: (I wish it were 30 things I discovered).
1. Precepts. (p.46) I started to reflect on this concept and I just love the idea of having rules about really important things. We have a mini chalkboard in our kitchen and I never knew it, but we use it as a place to write precepts. I just never knew it. My favorite precept from Wonder: When given the choice between being right and being kind. Choose kind.
2. "There are always going to be jerks in the world." (p.279) Yup. Lots of them. I really love the simplistic, honesty of this statement. I discovered some time ago, that we can't control the jerks, but we can certainly control how we react to them.
3. "...if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God." I believe in second chances. I believe in new beginnings. I believe in being kinder than necessary. However, that can be criticized as being a doormat or as trying to be friends with everyone as I was once told. Those words stung. However, after a few months of reflection at that point in my life, I learned that sometimes the problem lies within the messenger and that sometimes the messenger displaces their own traits onto others. Another perfect moment to choose kindness.
2 Interesting Things
1. People change. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But, when Via started to notice that Miranda sort of moved on without her (p.94), I began to think about a couple similar situations I had in my life. One in high school and one in the workplace. Same scenario, different players. Sometimes it is our perception that actually changes.
2. Page 62. We are told our differences make us unique when we are little, but there are very few times in life, especially as teenagers and adults where we experience that to be true. Differences tend to separate us if we let them.
"...the best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average...It's what you've done with your time, how you've chose to spend your days, and whom you have touched this year." (p.299)
How have I spent my last year?