A rainy weekend
It was such an amazing feeling to see the sun yesterday and today, when the whole weekend was overcast, windy, and rainy. This weekend was still great, despite the sour weather, because I got to have a mini date night with my husband who took me to see the movie Wonder. I was so excited to see this movie because I’ve always been a big Julia Roberts fan, but I was also nervous that I would be a sobbing mess through the movie. I’ve found that over the past three years I tend to get choked up very easily, especially if a story has to do with kids. So knowing that that this movie was about a young boy who had a severe facial deformity, I was sure I was going to be a goner and so I took a tissue pack with me just in case!
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie, as I found they did a wonderful job of blending a heartfelt message and sad story with ample humor. There was a particular scene that really resonated with me as I felt connected with what the character was saying. Let me set the stage a bit. In this particular scene the principal was having to talk to a child, with his parents present, about his bullying of another child for looking different. Okay, stage set, onto the quote! This isn’t an exact quote, but the line was essentially, “he cannot change the way he looks, but maybe we can change the way we see”. The scene was then closed by showing a range of responses, which included, a typical reaction of outrage for needing to “tip-toe” around others to the opposite end of the spectrum of seeing the truth behind those words. It is easy to get wrapped up in being outraged over something when we feel like we are getting the short end of the stick, but the reality isn’t always how we perceive it in the moment. It is in those moments when we need to take a mental step away from the situation and try to see how we are being perceived from another person’s perspective, even though in the heat of the moment that can be difficult.
How is it so easy to be cruel to another person when we are around others, but simple to be kind when we are alone? Why do we think it is more impressive to put someone else down instead of lifting them? Why do we value laughter at another’s expense instead of laughter with them? I’m not saying I haven’t done all of these things at some point in my life, I just thought that this movie did a fantastic job of making you think about these types of questions.
In line with this movie, I thought it would be nice to put a little positivity out into the world. I think we could all benefit greatly from being a little more kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be kind? Take a moment today and do a random act of kindness, even it is as simple as holding the door open for someone. It is amazing how great you can feel after putting a little good out into the world. Today I watched a clip (linked below) on Youtube today by Molly Burke and I think she did a wonderful job of hitting on this topic in her video Buying Coffee for Strangers where she highlights the difference between being nice and being kind.
Hopefully today's post and this video brought a little smile to your face, if not, then hopefully this image can do the trick!
Happy Tuesday and keep on being you!