August has a lot of hardship in his life; the severity of his unique problems might make most other people's trouble look pretty small. He also has a lot of the same problems that other kids his age go through: trouble with peers; sadness and loss; arguments with family members,.... Even with all of that, he still seems to live a pretty happy, satisfying life – maybe even happier (better?) than most people around him. Why is that?

Another character (a real person) whose story we followed this year was Terry Fox. Terry was like August in some ways, with his physical disfigurement and handicap. He also seemed to live a life of extraordinary joy and satisfaction. How? What is it about August & Terry that made them able to be so successful at living well? What can you take away (learn) from them about how to be joyful, satisfied, & respected?