I believe that developing a habit of acceptance is one of the fastest ways to improve yourself and your ability to deal with the pitfalls of life. Now don't get me wrong, I am not implying that you should just accept everything that comes your way, because we all know that some shit is just plain unacceptable and should never be tolerated. What I am trying to say is that you should not always feel the need to fight the good fight on every point, because sometimes it is not really 'the good fight' at all, sometimes it is just a chance for you to air your baggage and your narrow mindedness and your inability to accept change and differences.
Many teachers of spiritual enlightenment praise the ability to accept and receive change with open arms. They say that if you can master the art of accepting change as it arrives into your life than you will experience a state of true peace. And this, I believe is our biggest challenge as humans on this planet; we really need to accept but we feel like we are born to to fight. We feel compelled to resist, to pull back or even push back when our boundaries are tested, we are reluctant to change and we do not generally accept things that are new, different, unusual or of any inconvenience to us.
I do believe that acceptance can convert momentary happiness into enduring happiness when it is practised well, and I also think that there is great power in actually being happy and accepting things. I think that there is wisdom in knowing when it is the time to push back and when it is time to just let things happen without feeling the need to intervene or alter things. I think that we all need to get a little bit better at recognising those times for our own well being. As I said, I think that acceptance is the hardest skill to master in this life, but it may well be the most important one to master, and it could just be the key to unlocking our true happiness.
Release Date: 2017
Running Time: 113 mins
A heartwarming tale directed by Stephen Chbosky and based on the novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio. This is a movie that every child needs to see at least once because of its huge and valuable message about acceptance and support. By gently tugging at our heart strings, Wonder delivers an important message about tolerance, persistence and love through the eyes of not only the main protagonist, but also through the voices of those around him.
Auggie Pullman has Treacher Collins Syndrome which causes him to have facial deformities. He often wears an astronaut's helmet to combat stares from the outside world and he is about to leave the safety of his nurturing family environment to attend middle school for the very first time.
You would have to have a heart made of stone to not get something out of this movie. It is terrifically cast, with Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and new comer Izabela Vidovic who plays Auggies older sister Via, bringing a great deal of talent to the fold. Jacob Tremblay also does a great job of playing Auggie, the often troubled and traumatized child at the centre of the story and he manages to convey a convincing range of emotions for the duration.
Expect to feel something, have your tissues at the ready.
FINAL SAY: You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
3.5 Chili Peppers