Not sure if you saw the Cinderella Live Action movie that came out in 2015, but there’s this quote that still plays in my head to this day. Cinderella’s mother says it to her before she passes:
“I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage, and be kind. Ella, you have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body… Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is magic.”
Now, there have been plenty of fairytale movie remakes in the past few years: Into the woods, Jungle Book, Maleficent. (P.S. I am SO EXCITED for the Beauty and the Beast one coming out in March 2017)… but it was this line that really made the movie for me.
It describes the kind of magic I believe in.
I believe in doing what scares you and taking those 10 seconds of courage to do something and say what you want to say.
I believe in sharing your dreams with others who have dreams too.
I believe in doing the harder (usually less popular) thing, taking the road less traveled.
I believe in using your imagination to envision a life that may be different than your reality.
I believe that Kindness is the greatest form of magic because of its transformative quality. I think that courage is the ingredient that makes something go from good to a GREAT with conviction.
In a world where so many things can be fake or feigned, there is nothing more authentic than courage and kindness.
Of course there are plenty of people who are cruel and difficult (I’m not completely oblivious), but I’ve seen and experienced how kindness can impact someone with grace. The heartwarming and disarming effect it has on someone who is often surprised or confused by where it came from. The random reaching out to a stranger because of similar interests. The wanting to connect and create with no selfish motive or need for immediate return. The unexpected compliment or assistance because one wants to, not has to. The hope it gives to someone who is lost or losing hope. I’ve seen how kindness has the ability to uncover unexpected friendships, talents, confidence and goals. I’m lucky to be able to have stories of kindness that have changed my own life.
Courage is what usually fuels kindness. It’s what allows someone to even consider doing something positive or nice, when they have the choice not to, because it’s easier not to. It’s easier to doubt or just not care. Courage is the boldness that differentiates the average from the life-changing.
Call me cheesy. Call me crazy. Call me ridiculous. Call me an idealist. But I really do believe that courage and kindness are the underrated forces that every human being is capable of using, that can make any vision, goal or desire a reality. It’s those who consistently choose courage and kindness that live a life that excites and scares them at the same time.
I would rather be annoyingly positive and optimistic than destructively negative and hateful.
Be courageous. Be kind.
Remember, those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.