12 Things We Can Learn From A Wrinkle in Time

12 Things We Can Learn From A Wrinkle in Time

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A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books. I just recently saw the movie and wanted to share a few things that I learned that I believed we could all benefit from learning too. Definitely recommend reading the book and watching the movie which is now up on Netflix!

Believing takes practice.

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I'll be the first to admit it... I very seldom believe in myself. It's not an easy thing to do, especially in a world that we are constantly comparing each other and ourselves to others. Little by little we somehow have to try to build up belief in ourselves. We also have to be able to believe in the good of others, which the world also doesn't make any easier. We need to be able to give ourself credit where credit is due, that we are able to accomplish great things no matter how big or small.

People are more than the way they look.

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Today more than ever outward appearance is placed on the top pedestal. "Quick take this for the 'gram." Or going through fifteen outfits to decide what to wear because we are worried about what other people might think. But we need to get back to the idea that the important pieces are not on the outside, but are on the inside. What makes the person is not the new shoes or the bag, but the good heart and the always extended helping hand or on deck joke to make you laugh. In the ever moving society we need to slow down to see people as people and not just the outside.

Maybe if you aren't happy sometimes you don't know how to be happy.

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How are we to know the highs if we don't experience a low every once in a while? We aren't able to appreciate the good in our lives if we don't get to know the bad. Like Meg says, if everything is negative, you are unable to recognize that you're unhappy and lose sight of the things that make you happy. We can't be happy without knowing the unhappy and cant be unhappy without knowing the happy.

A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.

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Sometimes the path we think is the obvious one, is not always the smartest one. The path we take is not always the quickest or the easiest. Many paths have bumps in the road that cause us to wish we took a better direction, if we even had the choice. But what do you learn on the straightest, quickest path? Not as much as we do on the bumpy crooked path. On a straight line we aren't tested, pushed to limits to see how far we can go or how quick we can think on our feet. We learn new things about the world, life, others and most importantly ourselves.

The universe is bright tonight just because of you.

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YOU ARE IMPORTANT!!! I feel like people are not reminded of that enough. Every time we bring someone down, their light is dimmed. My mom told me a story that she heard about our purpose in the world. To keep it short, every single person is born with a distinct purpose that only they can fulfill. When a person fulfills their duty, it causes a chain of events which allow others to fulfill their purpose. This can't happen if we don't support each other and believe in the value and brightness of every single person. We also have to believe in ourselves, which, like I said in the beginning, is hard to do. But it is true, the world is bright tonight just because of you.

Love is always there even if you don't feel it.

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Love was the central theme of the movie. Love took Mr. Murray across the universe and brought Meg, Charles Wallace, Mr. Murray and Calvin home. If you're at a point in life where you don't feel loved, reach out to someone, anyone, because if at the moment if doesn't feel there, it is.

Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. 

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You have to take charge of your life. It is up to you to direct your life and to chose the path it takes. You're given talents, skills, fears, tests all of which prepare and guide you in life. Use them! Believe in yourself and follow your dreams, write the sonnet that is your life.

We have to make decisions and we can't make them if they're based in fear. 

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Making decisions is hard. But we have to have faith that it will all work out in the end. I repeat the quote, "Being scared means you're about to do something really important," all the time when I am scared to do something. We cannot let fear hold us back from what we want to do, from writing our life sonnet. Fear is not a bad thing, it can be used as motivation. Take that chance, that leap of faith and see what happens! But you'll never know if you don't take that chance.

You're going to be tested every step of the way. Have faith in who you are.

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Life is not a flat straight line. It is filled with twists and turns, ups and downs. At every point in life, you'll be tested, some more than others. But you have to have faith in yourself and others that you'll come out on the other end stronger and a different person than when you started.

Love. That is what she had that it did not have.

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Love is powerful and those that are loved and love others are powerful. Make sure to remember that when interacting with those around you. And spread that love, because like Meg learned in the movie, love is more powerful than darkness and the hate and all the bad that surrounds us in our world today.

Maybe I don't like being different...but I don't want to be like everybody else, either. 

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This is not easy to do today. It is much easier to go with the flow, be like everyone else and not take that chance to differentiate yourself from others out of fear of what they might think or say. But we should feel comfortable being ourselves. We don't have to be crazy out of the box (if that is you then power to you- go for it!!!) but be YOU! Don't let others tell you who you can and can't be, or bring you down so you can't be you.

There's nothing left except to try. 

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Sometimes just to try is the best or all we can do, and we should be okay with that. My mom tells me and my siblings often that everyday we have to try and do our best, try to do the right thing so that when we put our heads on the pillow at night, we knew we did the best we could and tried to be the best person we could. All we can do is try, try, try, try....

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One Of The Greatest Joys Is Passing Your Road Test

They knew that I worked hard and waited so long to get the license.

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Do you remember the day when you passed your road test and got your license? Do you remember how you felt when that day actually happened? Recently, I passed my road test and I am so happy about it! The reason why I am happy is because I do not need to wait for my road test and license anymore.

I never learned how to drive during the actual time when high schoolers had to drive. I learned how to drive at the end of senior year. The road test was an obstacle that I had to face while I was in college. I had to do my road test three times due to scheduling problems and bad outcomes in the road test. Waiting to pass my road test was very annoying because I just wanted to get it over with and focus on my other obstacles. The more obstacles I take down, the more fun I have in the very end.

When I took my road test for the very last time, I was scared before I had to start my test. The fear was not like it was before in the two attempts because I was not that excited. I felt like I was my usual self because I was naturally doing my road test. I was not pushing myself to do the road test. I made sure that this time I was prepared than the two attempts. There should not be any mistakes and signs of fear. I felt like I needed to use the bathroom when it was almost time for me to start the road test. However, I told myself to ignore that feeling and just get that road test done with.

The instructor was a nice man. I believe that he was the same instructor during my second attempt because he looked like him. I followed his instructions carefully and made sure that I was also following my own instructions. I made sure that I yielded and turned on my signal when I needed to. At the end of the road test, I was expecting him to say that I made a mistake and must retake the road test. Ironically, he told me that I did a good job. This meant that the wait was finally over. My parents were happy when they heard the news.

Even though the road test was completed, I still had to wait for my license. I did not bring any documents to verify the six points ID. Oh, great. This wait was not over yet. At least it did a few days later when I went back to the DMV to get it. At that time, I was well-prepared and brought all the documents that verified the six points ID. Getting the license did not take as long as expected since appointments at the DMV usually take a long time.

I came back home, feeling happy about my license. I told all of my friends that I finally got my license and they were happy about the news. My parents also felt happy for me. They knew that I worked hard and waited so long to get the license. I am aware that there are many obstacles left for me to finish at college, but for now, I want to taste my victory for overcoming this obstacle.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2

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**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

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You will never regret being kind

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May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

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Kindness begins with me

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Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 

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Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 

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Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 

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One kind word can change someone's entire day

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Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

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Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 

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Be the reason someone smiles today. 

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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

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You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 

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I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Choose kind over cool. 

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