I feel a bit like Henny Penny. The sky may be falling. For real this time. I don't believe I'm alone in feeling depleted of hope. I'm battling but I'm sinking. These last months and especially these last few weeks my mind has run the gauntlet, slamming into shock, disbelief, anger, sadness, disillusionment and fear. My heart asks, have we have lost the ability to be kind?
As I've processed, one story continues to resurface: Cinderella
. Yes, I'm serious. I love fairy tales and never tire of remakes and spin-offs. And Disney's most recent remake of this classic tale is fabulous. I realize some people would rather pluck out their eyelashes one by one than watch a “chick flick,” but everyone should watch Cinderella
. It will be good for your soul.
We know the plot so well, it becomes a children’s story and nothing more. But place yourself in her glass slippers, figuratively
. Loss. More loss. Cruelty. Injustice. Betrayal. Uncertainty. And although we know her story ends with a heavy dose of happily, her journey was far from easy. The beauty and encouragement come from how
she chose to walk through so much heartbreak and injustice.