You all know how much I like to quote movies. And most of you know that I’m an incurable romantic. So when Disney made a live-action remake of its popular animated classic, Cinderella, it was too much for me to resist watching–especially since it was free on a plane trip I made last summer “across the pond.”
I was impressed with what Disney did to bring certain messages out in the story. Self-acceptance, recovering well from hardship, and remaining hopeful were some of the subtle and not-so-subtle messages. But, the one that resonated the most with me was the one that was clearly articulated on numerous occasions throughout the 90-minute film: “Have Courage and Be Kind.”
I LOVE THAT QUOTE. Those of you that follow me on Twitter know I LOVE THAT QUOTE. I use that quote all the time. Why did that jump off the silver screen (or the seat-back screen in my case) and grab my heart?
I’m not totally sure, but perhaps it’s all the work I’ve done in the last six years through all the loss. I have been moved by people’s kindness toward me in my hours of need. I’ve been moved by all the readings in the Bible chronicalling Jesus’ messages and examples of love, kindness, acceptance, mercy and forgiveness. His parables, where he metaphors love for people who seem–on the surface–unlovable, have made me think and consider a different mindset. I’ve even been moved by Pope Francis and his demonstrated love and compassion for all types of people. It’s made me wonder why do we take such a polarizing view on things? Why do people always have to be right or wrong; right or left; black or white?
I haven’t blogged much lately because, as many of you know, I’ve had my left hand and arm in a cast and now a splint for more than five weeks post thumb surgery. I’m not a great one-hand typist. But, I was out on Twitter today and saw one woman’s campaign to “pay a message of kindness forward” that she’s determined to carry out. I would guess it’s being inspired by our country’s present political climate, but I don’t know that for sure. She’s posting all these great quotes and sayings and I was so inspired, I just had to get on her bandwagon–to heck with the bad thumb! So here are just a couple of her messages (below).
It takes 21 days to develop new habits, but let’s just start with ONE WEEK. I’m going to issue the following challenge…let’s try it!