Wonder-ful book and quotes

Two years ago, I wanted a book to read together with my teenage daughter. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, was recommended to me by the late Lisa Adams, a wonderful writer, blogger and friend who passed away this winter from breast cancer.Wonder

Wonder is a fantastic book that can be read by adults or children above grade 3. It is about a young boy who has facial abnormalities and the issues that he confronts.  It is a book that will stay with you. I highly recommend it.

This winter, my daughter gave me a book by the same author, 365 Days of Wonder. The author R.J. Palacio has compiled daily “precepts,” which he explains are “words to live by.”  While the author says these precepts are focused on themes for kids, they really apply to kids of all ages. The themes are kindness, strength of character, overcoming adversity or simply doing good in the world.365 days of wonder

We hope sharing some of the following “precepts” from 365 Days of Wonder provide you some positive inspiration.


We carry within us the wonders we seek around us. ~Sir Thomas Browne

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard

Not all those who wander are lost. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Be the change you want to see in the world.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.  ~Jimmy Johnson

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.  ~Vince Lombardi

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful because thorn bushes have roses.  ~ Ziggy, Tom Wilson

Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. ~Austin Kleon

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. ~ Father Faber

It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.  ~C.S. Lewis

Winners never quit and quitters never win. ~Vince Lombardi

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. ~ Jonathon Winters

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