Day 46: The Lesson Behind Cinderella’s Story

We all know the story of Cinderella, of her wicked stepmother and her stepsisters (Anastacia and Drizella), of her glass slipper and of her Prince. We are all familiar how the story ended with a “happy ever after” note.

But do you know a lesson or two behind Cinderella’s story, with the exception of her rags-to-riches claim to fame?

>>> (Think.)

>>> (Think again.)

Yesterday, while Tala and I were reading the story of Cinderella (Disney’s version), the following line caught my eye:

“But no matter how hard Cinderella worked, she never stopped dreaming.”

Never stop dreaming.

That’s it!

That is the lesson behind Cinderella’s story.

That is also the reason why Cinderella was able to get out of the misery from her stepmother’s household and the very same reason, why she married the man of her dreams.

You should be like Cinderella!

You should never stop dreaming – even if you are currently unemployed and feels that the economy is not getting any better; even if you think it is impossible for you to finish a four-year college; even if you think the world is on your shoulders; even if you find yourself crying every night out of desperation. You should keep on dreaming.

And also – keep your faith.

Why not?

Dreaming is free. You do not need to pay anybody to get into dream land and start thinking about the life that you envision.

Dreaming is fun (makes you smile too). You get to escape from your malady and feel like you are the Princess in your story.

Dreaming is your first step to reaching your goals.

Why not?

If Cinderella did it, so can you!

- Alpha

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  1. coachchinh says:

    It’s so important to keep dreaming! I never let myself stop dreaming, no matter how discouraging people are. It’s helped me get to where I am today. Thanks for sharing the message and I LOVE what you are doing for this world :-)

  2. marcys says:

    Many years ago I realized that Cinderella has a multitude of meanings. I performed it as a child, playing a stepsister, and later as an adult with a women’s avant garde theater group, when we turned it into a feminist parable. I’d say it has a dozen interpretations at least, so when people get upset by fairy-tale simplicity, I say exactly what you said: Think! Think again!

    Thanks for another interpretation of my favorite fairy tale.

  3. I have always loved the tales told from long ago; the original tales of love, sadness, struggle, and triumph. We have recently begun reading some of the old fairy tales to our four year old daughter. It believe those stories teach old fashioned notions like the importance of dreaming, loving one’s self, and of staying focused on what you want in life – not on what you don’t want.

    I appreciate your perspective about what the tale of Cinderella means. I also agree.

  4. cid says:

    I’m a Disney kid. Cinderella’s story and other Disney stories are quite inspiring.

  5. Kari says:

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  6. Polly Meyer says:

    Nice blog. Never stop dreaming! Thoughts become things, so make them good ones!

  7. Your friendly neuroscience geek stopping by, intrigued by the title of the post. I was read to often as a child so, almost grown up now [grin], I LOVE “lessons from Fairy Tales” for many reasons.

    Did you know that, as confirmed by functional brain scans, the areas that activate when you vividly imagine doing something include MOTOR neurons (as if you were actually doing it). In other words, your brain can’t tell real from imagined.

    NOW, pair that with the “congruency seeking” areas of the brain and recent news about the value of “the priming effect.”

    To make a long explanation brief (tho’ oversimplified) – UNLESS you dream – vividly and “in living color,” like we used our imaginations as children – your brain won’t be “primed” to recognize your dream when it appears on your horizon.

    THAT means, not only will you be LESS likely to attract it, there is actually a better than average probability that it will seem so “new and different” that your amygdala will actually sound the “Danger, Will Robinson” signal and you will, effectively, run away from it, fight it, or freeze until it passes you by (self-sabotage, anyone?)

    SO – neuroscience sees your dream and raises you one. It’s not only a good idea to keep dreaming, you might actually say that the very quality of your life DEPENDS on it.

    Cool, huh? (NOW, I have to make it a point to remember to link back here when I start writing/posting the series that covers these topics. If you come up with any other “Lessons behind” Fairy Tales and children’s stories that teach similar lessons, be sure to let me know so I can send a heads up to MY readers.)

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, SCAC, MCC – (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


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