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I'm reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio right now. I took my children to the library on Saturday morning and began reading it that afternoon. I could not put it down all weekend. That being said, I still haven't finished it. (Here is where I give the excuse of having four small children...reading time is hard to come by during the daytime hours!) But, possibly because can't spend the time I'd like to really devour the book, I have had time to reflect on my reading as I go.
It seems to follow the overarching themes that have been floating around me during the last two weeks. I have been running into the ideas of making a difference, standing up for what you believe in, standing up for others and choosing kindness.
I see it in the book: the children who become friends with Auggie and choose kindness, they stand up for each other, and they make a difference in each other's lives.
I see it in my classroom: making an extra effort to connect with a child and make a difference in the way they see themselves in school, as a student and as a learner.
I see it in my colleagues: standing up for the type of professional development that will be helpful and not hurtful to their team, thinking about relationships and the dynamics of teamwork and collaboration.
I see it in my mentor: teaching others by showing them their gifts and using those gifts to benefit the whole, encouraging people by meeting them where they are, validating them and then giving them a nudge to soar on their own, fostering independence, and leading by example.
I see it on the signs I drive past: "To belittle is to be little."
Then again today, as I settle in with Wonder for a few minutes this evening, I see it again. Only this time, it has an additional message attached. Auggie said it well: "I do know what I'm really known for. But there's nothing I can do about that. A Star Wars duffel bag I could do something about."
Sometimes things happen and we can't do anything about it. BUT...sometimes we can. Don't complain about what you cannot change but take charge of what you can change. Never be little - never belittle. Take a stand where you can. Make a difference. Choose kindness.