The Power of Precepts (+More on how “Wonder” Impacted me)

Happy Friday! If you’ve read my recent posts, you will know that I am LOVING having the chance to read for fun again this summer, and that I almost instantly fell in love with the “Wonder” book series. In addition to the two novels, I also read “365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts”, and have been incredibly inspired to use precepts as a tool for my students. The precepts listed in the book are all thought-provoking and positive, and in my opinion, they are a great resource for any teacher to use in the classroom as a means of helping their students to develop what Carol Dweck calls a growth mindset. I want to be able to use the wisdom and empowerment that I gained from the “Wonder” series in order to foster compassion, empathy, and a new outlook on life for my own students someday– one where they begin to notice the simple joys in life, see the world a little brighter, and hopefully stop (even for a moment) to realize how blessed they are and how much potential they have to spark greatness both in their own lives, and in the lives of others. To end off this somewhat shorter post, I’ve decided to share a handful of my favourite precepts with you. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do!

  • “There is no shame in not knowing. The shame lies in not finding out”—Assyrian proverb
  • “Happiness is not ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
  • “If Plan ‘A’ doesn’t work, just remember: the alphabet has 25 more letters.”—unknown
  • “I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do.”—Jana Stanfield
  • “Even the darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” – Morris Mandel
  • “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.” –Taylor Swift
  • “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” Reba McEntire
  • “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott
  • “We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.” – Bernard Baruch
  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian Maclaren



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