Last week I saw the movie, “Wonder,” which I would highly recommend to everyone. The film is about a boy who is born with a disfiguring genetic disease and how he adjusts to entering public school for the first time in fifth grade.
The movie is really about how we treat others. A teacher introduces “precepts” to the class and through them, begins to show the students a better, kinder way to be.
Precepts are inspirational quotes that people use to guide them through the day. Everyone should have such principles because they help us know how to be more effective in the world.
My favorite from the movie is, “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It reminds us that we all have our stories and, therefore, should not judge others.
Another good precept by John Wesley is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, in all the times you can, to all the people you can, for as long as you ever can.” This precept reminds us that in all these ways, every day, we can do an act of kindness – emotionally, spiritually, financially, or physically and everyday we should make it a point to do an act of kindness.
My favorite, that I try to live by everyday is, “Treat others today as you wish to be treated tomorrow.”
What is yours?
Quote of the Week
“The most basic precept of all is to be aware of what we do, what we are, each minute. Every other precept will follow from that.” Thich Nhat Hanh