Day 426 - Have Courage & Be Kind
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Have Courage and Be Kind. You have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body - and it has power.
I watched the new live-action Disney film Cinderella tonight. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh, one of my favorite actor-directors, and written by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy"). I was expecting a musical, like the original animated version, but this was something different. Lovely, and with a powerful message.
The central theme was the essential goodness of Ella, and how her mother had left her with the instruction to "Have Courage and Be Kind" just before dying of some undisclosed illness. Ella's kindness, and later, her courage, were the keys to her achieving her goal of marrying the prince and living happily ever after.
Now it may be a stretch, and I hope you'll forgive me for taking this leap of faith, but I think being on Spark is a little like Having Courage and Being Kind. We sometimes have to take the advice we get here with a grain of salt until we realize what we're able to achieve. It takes courage to push ourselves, and track our food, and most importantly, share with the community our struggles and commitment. Additionally, we have to learn to be kind to one another, because each of our journeys is unique, but the shared experience of taking them requires a certain level of respect and admiration, even when our paths are different.
I so admire the courage that each of you possesses, and I am in awe of the kindness that you show to me. Realizing that the "happily ever after" lies within each of us makes it easier to reach for our goals and strive for the best in our lives. We may marry the handsome prince, but will can still have a pretty awesome ever-after! All it takes is a little courage, and a little kindness.
Have Courage. Be Kind. and Keep Sparking.