The Strength of Cinderella

I love me some strong female characters. Eowyn was my first love, of course. Zoe Washburne ranks way up there, and Hermione Granger is my spirit animal. And I’m also a fan of the newer female Disney characters. Mulan, for the win! Everyone loves spunky Anna, and even Rapunzel is a much bigger go-getter than the “traditional” female lead. I love that girls can be feisty and zany, stand up for themselves, and are seeing it in more of their media.

But there are other kinds of strength, and unfortunately, sometimes the new move toward mighty girls can cast those strengths as weaknesses.

To those who would want their daughters to be “strong,” Cinderella seems like an emblem of days gone past, a passive girl without the strength to stand up for herself. But there are other kinds of strength, and Cinderella is greatly unappreciated.

It is strength, not weakness, to remain kind when others are cruel.

It is strength, not weakness, to find happiness wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

It is strength, not weakness, to continue to dream of light and love even after you’ve lived through the worst life can throw at you.

Even after she is orphaned and made a slave in her own house, Cinderella is still able to see goodness in the world.

A mighty girl can be herself, whether she’s innovative, physically strong, intelligent… or kind and gentle.


One thought on “The Strength of Cinderella

  1. Our media tends to place importance on egos rather than love. Egos have be right! Therefore, if someone challenges that ego, the thing to do is attack! Cinderella never attacks. Reacting with love and patience to someone else’s ego is empathy. Our society is so individualistic I think we have lost our balance. We often don’t even think of walking in another’s shoes or consider another’s point of view. To do that would threaten our ego, since we have based our entire identity on our own perspective being the only right one.
    A Course in Miracles says that we perceive lack in ourselves and in others, but in reality everyone is whole. The course is summed up in these words, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” It teaches that every negative thought is based in fear. If one is in fear, they are less loving. If they are more loving, fear is less.
    ACIM does not define miracles as some supernatural or spectacular event. Rather it says miracles are every day events that increase love and reduce fear. It says, “Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.”
    So Cinderella is actually a miracle worker according to ACIM, because she reacts with love rather than with fear or ego. The evil stepsisters perceive a lack in themselves which they attempt to fill by taking Cinderella down, but this will never work. If only they could perceive their own beauty and wholeness, then they would be able to see it in others as well.

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