Saturday, October 13, 2012

Be Kind

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.
-Ray Bradbury 

Finally a quick, easy read. The person who gave me Wonder said she read it in a day. Me too. The New York Times Best seller, by R.J. Palacio, is a story about a boy who is the luckiest and unluckiest kid in the world. Born with a rare facial deformity, the first page of the book describes Auggie Pullman by saying “whatever your thinking, it’s probably worse.” The story is about the year Auggie attended school for the first time in fifth grade.  Children literally scream in horror at the sight of him.  Yet, this child is loved beyond belief. He is cherished by his family and that gives him the courage to be a living inspiration to everyone he touches.

The woman who gave it to me is a source of inspiration and courage herself. But that’s another story.( kindness of a stranger )Now, I can understand why she drew strength from this book. Not only is it a delightful read that will leave you feeling lucky, it will make you want to be “kinder than necessary”. That line is borrowed from  the Little White Bird. The J.M. Barrie classic has been on my someday reading list. But after reading a reference to it in Wonder, it has moved up to my must-read list. Ditto for anything written by nineteenth century abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher. In Wonder, there was a reference to Beecher’s belief in the power of one person’s kindness, one person’s courage.That is what this book is about. 

There really isn’t any connection to intuition, this month’s focus on the blog. Unless you connect intuition to childlike wonder. Come to think of it, I have never met a kid that questioned why he was born or wondered what their purpose in life is. Like the character in the book, just being here is a wonder. 

What inspires your sense of wonder?

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