I have always felt a strong affinity for the lonely ones, the outcasts, the overlooked. It’s probably because I was one myself.
So often, the need to belong is stronger than the will to be kind. But when a person looks inside and chooses kindness over belonging, everyone grows and evolves.
That’s why the movie called “Wonder” was so meaningful. A birth defect made Auggie look hideous. His features are misshapen, he is small for his age and a prime target for bullies. But the kids who learn to see behind the mask discover his goodness and light.
We all wear masks to protect our vulnerability. We learn from an early age that hiding our true self is the way to get along, be accepted and belong. We see what we believe and we act accordingly.
Until something breaks through our mask. Or someone sees us – really sees us. Then, the mask shatters and the light behind our eyes connect. Because we are all the same light. We just have different forms.
Imagine if all humans could see themselves for the wonder that they are. Beings in human form, experiencing life in each moment. What might spring from that one simple shift in perspective?
- Judgment and criticism wouldn’t be necessary. How can you judge another for you are the same?
- Racism, discrimination and violence wouldn’t be necessary. For how can you harm another when you are the same?
- Competition would be replaced by collaboration; Jealousy and hatred would dissolve into love;
Imagine your own life if your closest loved ones knew who they are and saw you as you are. A unique expression of divine energy. Differences would be celebrated and passions elevated.
That is the wonder of being human. “Wonder” portrayed these concepts on the big screen.
My 30,000 foot view of the world has shifted. I am in love with myself, my life and every person on the planet. Because love is who we are.