The motto of the 2015 Disney live-action Cinderella movie was to “Have courage and be kind.” It’s a beautiful message I had to share my thoughts on today. If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you’ll notice I have a similar motto myself — Kindness is the best accessory.
To me my motto means that no matter what you are wearing, kindness is the most important thing you have to express outward to others. Everyone deserves a little kindness. Plus, the more kindness you put out into the world, the more you receive. It’s like The Secret.
One day a few years ago when I was running so late for school, I scrambled onto the public bus to find that I was out of money on my bus card. I was about to freak out (I would have been an hour late if I would have had to take the next bus) when the bus driver told me not to worry about the money and let me ride for free. I had seen the bus driver turn people away before so it took me a moment to reflect on why he would let me in and not others. The only difference? Out of everyone that attended my usual bus route, I was the only one that would ever greet him while getting on the bus and wish him a good day when I got to my stop. Kindness can mean more than you realize and it can come back to you when you need it most.
But the idea to “Have courage and be kind” adds a new level to it. Courage to follow your dreams despite setbacks, to believe in yourself when no one else does, to put yourself out there even when you could fall, and most importantly to have courage in even small day to day moments like asking for help when you need it… Courage isn’t about fighting off a dragon for the sake of it, it’s about beating the every day monsters that try to keep you from your truth.
I’ve needed quite a bit of courage lately while on the job hunt. Being really “out there” for the first time has been pretty startling but I’m taking it one battle at a time. Meanwhile, I’m using my kindness muscles to help my family out on a few things that I didn’t have the time to do before and volunteer with causes that mean a lot to me. Having courage and being kind has made my life feel so much more rewarding than it had been before. Taking chances on what is important to me has really turned my life path around.
As for Ella in Cinderella, there were a few moments where I felt she took her kindness too far (as in, being a pushover) but the overall message was well-received. Cinderella is my favorite movie of the year thus far. Like Frozen, the animated feature that took the world by storm with it’s familial love message — Disney is finally getting that happily ever afters have more to it than previously shown in their movies. A pretty dress can only get you so far.
What does having courage and being kind mean to you? Are you fighting with courage day to day?