Cinderella gently accepted her role as servant to her Step-Mother and Step-Sisters. She had a silent pride in her work and found joy in the little things that life offered.
In the older tales of Cinderella, she gives scraps of food and kindness to the mice, birds and ants. Later, when her Step-Mother sets her to three impossible tasks (always the magic 3) that she must complete before being allowed to go to the Royal Ball, her little woodland friends come to help her. Walt Disney understood this and re-invented the mice and birds in the animated cartoon as helpers, and even seamstresses, to make-over her dress in time for the Ball. This illustrates that kindness is not wasted. It comes back three-fold.
Don't forget that Cinderella (and Walt Disney) both knew a great magic. Sing while you work! It really does make the work go faster. There is nothing more enchanting than the scene where Cinderella, in rags, while scrubbing the entry hall, is without instruction masterfully singing, "Sing Sweet Nightingale" ... while her Step-Sisters, with all the advantages in the world, are upstairs butchering the song.
So watch that beautiful clip here and Spring Clean like Cinderella!
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