We All Should Choose Kind
I’ve always told my kids that nothing bad can come from being nice. As an adult I know it’s not always true, but I still implore them to always, always, always choose kind.
In this crazy world, we all could use a little more kindness in our lives, no?
Kindness is a topic that’s gotten a lot of attention recently: viral videos of random acts of kindness, International Day of Kindness, one time wonders really. And then came something different a while back, an amazing novel by R.J. Palacio, “Wonder.” If you haven’t read it yet, do it. Do it now! While touted as a kids book, I dare any adult to read it and tell me it isn’t appropriate for them as well!
The book tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy entering 5th grade and going to school for the first time; an event hard enough in and of itself but made all the more complicated by his facial abnormalities. The simple premise behind the book is being nice. Not just being nice, but choosing to be kind.
That’s my kind of book.
I devoured it and then made #2 read it. Then I read it to #3. We all agreed, it was a great book. A book that I’ve recommended and loaned out more times than I can count. I heard they were making a movie from it, the trailer popped up in my Facebook feed, and tonight I was lucky enough to be invited to an advance screening. #3 and I jumped at the chance.
Listen, I’m no movie critic, and I’m terrible at nitpicking, but I do know what I like. And “Wonder” didn’t disappoint; this was one I didn’t just like, I loved. Loved. And #3? He liked it even more than he liked the book.
What was it that struck me? The movie was true to the book, the story was relatable and the cast was terrific. So much so that I cried throughout the entire movie, truly feeling the fear, the anxiety, the sadness and the joy of it all. They captured the trials and tribulations of parenting even for those of us not facing the challenges the Pullmans did.
At the same time, I could feel #3 drawn in, completing relating to what was happening on screen, recognizing kids his own age being both kind and unkind. Seeing the story told from different perspectives helping him understand the complexities of life.
I love nothing better than people being real about parenting, about life itself, and this movie was just that. Add to it a message I already preach and a heavy dose of inspiration – I’m sold.
After all, we all should choose kind.