It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: Lessons I learned from a book character
I’ve always admired Beauty in “Black Beauty”. No matter what happened to him, his temperament never changed. From Beauty, I learned to be kind and patient. He ran to get help with a stone in his shoe and nearly died from being overheated (and then chilled), climbed a steep hill with his neck reins too tight, and he never fussed. He was always steady, kind and gentle.
I loved the Oz books growing up, and Dorothy certainly grew and changed through them. But, in her first adventure to Oz she made friends in the most unlikely places, with the most unlikely people. From Dorothy, I learned to find the best (and expect the best) in people and to help them become the best “them” they can be. I always think of when, in the “Wizard of Oz” movie she slaps the lion on the nose when he tries to eat Toto and then goes on to explain why his behavior was unacceptable. She helped the lion turn a corner that day.
From Katniss in “The Hunger Games” I learned to do whatever it takes to protect the people you love, even at the risk of your own life or freedom. She was sometimes a tough character to like, but she never wavered in her loyalty to those she cared about, first Prim and the eventually Peeta as well (and to a lesser degree her allies like Haymitch and Finnick and even Joanna). She really wasn’t capable of duplicity either. I understood her, and admired her tunnel vision when it came to her deep commitment to protect those who mattered to her.
Kindness, gentleness, belief in others and care for those you love … the best kinds of lessons, don’t you think?