When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
If you’ve missed it, recently a new movie came out, it’s called Wonder, and it is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio. And before I see the movie I wanted to reread the book. Once again the book got me thinking about the world I live in.
One of the key themes in the book is kindness, and from the trailers, I think that the movie is trying to portray that everyone has a choice to choose to be kind.
And it got me thinking about the way I live my life. Perhaps kindness is not something that comes naturally to us as humans, it is something that we have to teach ourselves to do. That to be kind requires a conscious decision, a choice and that we have to make every single day. It seems a little bit in contrast to the idea that humans are generally pretty good.
But that is what not reality shows us, is it? Ask anyone who has ever been kind and they will say that it was a choice. Some choices of kindness are more deliberate than others, but no matter how big or how small the choice is, it is a choice none the less.
It might start off by being a choice, but eventually kindness can become, to some ectent, a habit, a reflex, something that you do without thinking because that is just what you do. I don’t think anyone argues that kindness is always easy, just that it is always good to do.
Have you ever had to choose kindness? It’s not always easy, but in the long run, I think it is worth it whether the choice is big or small.