Have Courage, and Be Kind

"Have Courage, and Be Kind". 

Definitely not the message I was expecting to get when I went and saw the new Cinderella.

As Disney released the trailer for the new Cinderella I was so excited. I couldn't tell you why, except that it just seemed different and it looked well made. I remember seeing the clip where the mother said, "Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic." and thinking what a great quote. And that was it. 

My desire to see the movie purely stemmed from the fact that it just looked really well made, seemed to have some really good actors and actresses, and the director was Kenneth Branagh, one of my favorites.

I went and saw it on opening day and I was blown away. The message of the movie wasn't female power, you can only be saved by a man, or magic is the only solution. It was simply what her mother taught her, "Have courage, and be kind". It cannot get any better than that.

I left the theater not thinking that I wished a gorgeous prince would come sweep me off my feet, but thinking to myself, "How can I be more kind in my life?" And it wasn't like Cinderella was this fake, happy go-lucky girl. She was real, genuine and again, simply kind. Branagh said during the pre-production of this movie, "Let’s make a story about kindness as a super power." I love that!

Over and over again her Stepmother and Stepsisters were very rude to her, they treated her as though she was a slave in her own home. And you could see the hurt that she felt, but she still kept pushing forward with that courage and kindness that her mother taught her. 

My favorite part of the whole movie was at the very end. There were two things that occurred: First the narrator says something to the idea of would just being herself be enough. And then as they are leaving the house Cinderella turns to her Stepmother and says, "I forgive you"


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This movie taught girls everywhere that they don't need fancy ball gowns, diamond rings, or fame to impress men. That they simply need to be themselves. It taught them that courage and kindness is much more important than status, money and being powerful and right. Finally it taught them forgiveness. She didn't have to say anything to her Stepmother. She could have simply just walked away, but she forgave her. 

Wow, what power! She could have easily held onto that anger and let it grow inside of her. But she let the power of forgiveness let her be free to live a full life, to live a life that she deserves. A life where she will change others. 

So many movies and books these day portray a female lead who is physically strong, a fighter, and witty. But this movie shows the exact opposite. And while those traits aren't bad things after seeing this movie I've come to realize the kind of woman I want to be, and what I want to teach my daughters to be. A woman of kindness, has courage, is loving and forgiving, and who looks for the best in people and situations. D. Todd Christofferson is found here quoting a former Young Women leader in my church when he says:


“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” In blurring feminine and masculine differences, we lose the distinct, complementary gifts of women and men that together produce a greater whole.

So I say to you, may you find a way to have more courage and kindness in your life. I didn't expect to walk out of that theater wanting to be a better, kinder, a more courageous person. But I did, and for that Disney and Kenneth Branagh I am grateful. 



My sister made this beautiful print for me! Found here for download.

Instead of worrying about what will be my next job, what I'm going to wear, what will be my next fun adventure I'm going to be better at thinking "How can I be more kind to those around me? How can I help those in need? Who needs my love that I may not normally reach out to? How can I have more courage in my life?". 

Thank you for showing me and millions of girls, boys, men and women all over the world that kindness can be a superpower!

How do you show kindness and courage in your daily life?


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17 comments:

  1. Great post! I am inspired to take my girls to see this stat! Blessings on your day :)

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  2. Love it! I think you're very right - those characteristics are seldom showed in leads in the movies/media. Awesome words of inspiration for the day!!

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    1. Exactly, I wish more movies did! Kind of goes along with my "petition to Hollywood" haha.

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  3. Like you, I left the theater feeling so inspired. I've always loved Cinderella, but this particular remake made me want to be a better person. I just wanted to be kinder and just be a better person in general, and that wasn't something that I was expecting. I also loved that she said "I forgive you" at the end. Like you said, she could have easily held onto all of the built up anger after years and years of horrible treatment, but instead, she rose above it, and she didn't need to make a spectacle about it. She won, and she did it with courage, kindness, and class. I knew I was going to like this movie, but this is officially my favorite remake of Cinderella (which is surprising because there wasn't even any singing, minus that one lullaby, which I played on repeat for several days after I saw it).

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    1. I'm right there with you Tiffany! Aren't movies that leave you wanting to be a better person just the best?!

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  4. I have been reading a lot of positive blog posts about the new Cinderella movie and now I REALLY want to see it!

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  5. Love this! I SO want to see this movie and I'm hoping to go this weekend. I didn't realize Kenneth Branagh was the director...I love him! I also adore the actress that plays Cinderella (I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan, lol). I love that the message is about kindness instead of needing a man to function or to have happiness in your life. You've made me want to see the movie even more :-).

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    1. What I loved was that she still got the guy, because I think have a good healthy relationship is important. But more important was that she got him with kindness and love. No craziness!

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  6. This is such an amazing post, Sierra. I'm dying to see the film, and this just 100% solidified my desire! I agree - it's such an incredible message. Instead of doing the stereotypical Disney prince saving the day, or the more modern "let's empower women above all else," I love the simplicity in just encouraging EVERYONE, no matter who you are, to just be kind already and put that at the forefront. Love. Love. LOVE!

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    1. Exactly! I saw it with one of my guy friends and he felt just as inspired as I did. I mean don't get me wrong the romance in it is great also, but it wasn't overwhelming. Yeah it was good haha.

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  7. Now I really want to see this movie even more! I love how they are changing all these movies to be more than just about the romance!

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  8. I love this post! I think it is so important to be kind and sometimes takes a lot more work than being mean!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  9. Wow that's amazing! Now I need to go see it asap!

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  10. It's good to know that this is so good! I wasn't sure if I wanted to see it in theatres but I might just have to.

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  11. Sorry this comment is so late, but I love this! And I love the quote you shared from a young women leader to go with it. I love Cinderella, I keep it on replay, haha. But great review!

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