I love fairy tales and watching movies with my children. This evening we watched Cinderella. Not the animated movie but the real life Cinderella.
I know the story well. I read it often as a child and the lessons from this story never fail to inspire me.
In Cinderella’s story her mother dies, changing her life forever. What she once knew as normal no longer is.
Consider this; What is a normal life?
You may have experienced sadness, grief, trauma or a little bit of lost-ness at some point in time. You may have stuffed up big time or even forgotten your dreams.
In my own life I have experienced the loss of loves ones, children, broken marriages and even a little of myself. I have had huge dreams and at times been to afraid to follow them. I have played small, hidden my brilliance for fear of being perceived arrogant. I’ve forgotten dreams or pushed them far inside a drawer never to see the light of day.
There have been times where I have questioned my existence and wondered about life. At the end of the day no-one can be responsible for my dreams or your dreams, forgotten or hidden.
In the movie Cinderella’s mother leaves her with these words. “What ever you do and what ever happens to you remember to have courage and be kind”
These words become her guiding light. Treated badly by her step mother and steps sisters Cinderella continues to be kind. In her quite space (the attic) she remembers her dreams, the promises she made to her self, to her mother and her father and she recalls her past happy memories that provide her with hope for the future.
I’m here to tell you that if you had a time where you’ve been a Cinderella, been treated poorly, lost your hope or your dream, it’s time to rekindle the flame. Come out of hiding, shine your light, put on your glass slippers and follow your dream.
The story that many of you know, ends well. Cinderella’s prince finds her, but before he fits her with the glass slipper she stands before him, not in her beautiful glamorous ball gown but just as she is.
A commoner, a simple girl from the country who loves him,
Real. Authentic. True.
They kiss….. Aaaaaaw and walking from the room Cinderella forgives her wicked step mother.
Yes, she forgives her stepmother. Now that takes courage.
What are you holding onto that needs forgiveness? Give it some thought. Un-forgiveness can keep you from moving forward and stop you from living a life filled with peace.
Shit happens and often we are left worse for the wear. Heart broken, used and abused. The choice to stay this way or hold on to the past is entirely up to you.
A quote I heard a few years ago and I still remember is this;
Un-forgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the person who did you an injustice to die.
It’s never going to happen… the only person it harms is you. Take my advice, grab a piece of paper and go and sit somewhere quite. Write down all the people who have wronged you, burn the paper or crinkle it up and throw it away.
Forgive them so you can move on.
Whether you choose to stay bruised, down and out or you continue to buy into the excuses as to why things never work out for you or you decide to tap into your courage, lift your head high and walk down the path with faith and trust that a new day will bring you one step closer to the real you – the amazing, gorgeous, brilliant YOU, created through trial and tribulation… is entirely up to you.
Your story can have a “happily ever after” too.
With a little bit of courage, a dash of kindness, a sprinkle of magic and forgiveness you can let go of the things that no longer serve you to create an ever after that helps you to become the person you were created to be.
This week’s blog was written by the amazing Brenda Tsiaousis. Brenda is a Potentialist, Business Success Mentor and Connector of Dreams. Her mission is to empower women in business globally to realize their full potential as leaders and successful entrepreneurs using a potent combination of business strategy, mindset and incredible faith to quickly facilitate change, find their edge and grow their business. Hang out with Brenda on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/brendatsiaousis or visit her website; www.brendatsiaousis.com