Everyone has an opinion on the Disney Princesses… whether you think they’re too amazing, too unrealistic, too feminist, too girly, too whatever it may be, you’ve got an opinion on the princesses, too. I’ve heard that Disney princesses teach girls that they have to wait around for men to come and save them, to find their shoes, to wake them up, to be the knight in shining armor that catches them when they fall (both from towering heights and in love). I’ve also heard that Disney princesses teach girls to be bold, chase their dreams, and work hard for what they wish for.

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I think that the last Disney princess movie, the live-action Cinderella, really hit the nail on the head with lessons to be learned. The lesson of all lessons! This movie made you believe you could be just like Cinderella: kinder than kind and brave in all the right ways. Of course, this attitude didn’t come without hard work and constant devotion to fulfilling her parents’ wishes.

Cinderella’s mother spoke some of the most inspired words I’ve ever heard, urging her daughter to simply, “Have courage, and be kind.”

Truly, isn’t that what all Disney princesses try to teach us? Courage and kindness, when combined, are two of the most unstoppable powers in the world. You don’t have to save China, kiss frogs in the bayou, or hang out with seven dwarfs in the woods to have a story worth telling.

The princesses I see today are the women who take time out of their schedules to be a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, a silent angel serving with everything she’s got. True princesses refuse to speak ill of others and are willing to bravely do what is right, even when its out of the ordinary. They live by the saying, “Just because it’s what’s done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.”

Ariel looked out for others. Tiana was accepting of everyone, no matter who they were. Snow White was nurturing and giving. Belle helped others realize their goodness. Cinderella was kind and had courage. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you know what your favorite princess did to be courageous and kind.

Everyone can be a Disney princess (that’s right, even you) if they simply act with courage and kindness. Sometimes it takes courage to be kind, and other times it takes kindness to bring about acts of courage. But all of the time, it’s worth it to have courage and be kind.

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90851150-7aa6-4784-98ac-f9d48377cbfd Guest Post by Shelley Williams

Shelley Williams is studying Public Relations at Utah Valley University and works in the Publishing Services Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is a cat-enthusiast, expert first-dater, and amateur free style rapper.

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