5 Lesson the movie “Wonder” Can Teach Us All

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“Your deeds are your monuments.” ~ from the movie “Wonder”

Have you seen the movie “Wonder”? I feel lucky to have been able to watch this movie and learn the valuable lesson it teaches. The heart of the story is about a boy who has scars on the outside and how he is no different than the other kids at school whose scars are on the inside, but just as damaging (if not more). It truly is an inspiring movie about a young person dealing with what so many of his age group deal with…ignorance, cruelty, and, of course, bullying.

Out of all of this comes lessons all of us can learn from. Lessons about tolerance, and seeing past our scars to who we truly are. It is both inspiring and sad at the same time because we do learn that we don’t treat those that are different fairly. So here are some quotes from the movie that teach as well as entertain. If you haven’t seen the movie, I hope you will. Here’s just five of the multitude of lessons this movie teaches.

  1. “When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.” – Can there be a stronger lesson than this? It’s easy to tell someone they are wrong or that you think they are. Opinions are always subjective. Why do we choose to argue when one or the other is not going to change their mind? Be kind…simple as that.
  2. “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” – I am lucky I did theater in high school and know the feeling of a standing ovation. We all have something to say and something to give others. Maybe you get a standing ovation or maybe you just feel really good. Imagine affecting people so much that they stand and clap for you. You have that power in you. I hope you get one just once.
  3. “The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average– though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” – I say this a bit differently. Don’t just live the length of your life, live the width of it as well. Remember daily that you are important and you can make a difference.
  4. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” – Read this quote another twenty times. Then engrave it in your mind and live it in your soul. What if the world thought like this? What if you could just change one person’s mind to think like this? What could our world become?

  5. “If you don’t like where you are, picture where you want to be.” – This is another one I have said differently or heard quoted differently. I know right now you might be saying that this is not easy. You are right. My favorite quote about this is from someone who said, ‘If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see…then get a better mirror.” We all have tough times in life. We all wear the scars that are either visible or just underneath the surface. None of us is alone in our battles to be kind, be liked, and be accepted. But always remember, the person that must like you the most is…YOU.

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Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach with a niche in bullying and abuse recovery, Bullying Recovery activist, and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance". and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe
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