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There were some great moments in last Sunday’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, some valuable lessons that we can learn from this show’s version of Cinderella and her real world counterpart, Ashley.

The way to watch this show is under the context of when you compare the real world to fairy tales, there could be more to the real world than we allow there to be, by learning from what we like in those stories.

I have said before, anything that comes out of movies, books, fiction, whatever–anything created by man, good or bad, comes from somewhere, making the principles behind the fictional story line real. Everything produced on this earth has a source. But know where it comes from. I am coming to the opinion, the show is portraying that life is meant to be lived somewhere between the two worlds, but that’s just an opinion and could change. Or, maybe it’s that the two worlds are beginning to merge in the show.

At one point in the show, Henry, the “kid,” asks Emma about Ashley, “What’s her story?”

As you read this blog post, I ask you, “What’s your story?” Your story might be a lot like Cinderella’s before she put on those glass slippers.

My life, it’s wretched,” said Cinderella.

Rumpelstiltskin replied, “Then change it.” She did. We find that Cinderella’s real world counterpart, Ashley, was in a similar wretched state, but went about changing her circumstances the wrong way. You know, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

As the show continues, Regina, the cruel mayor confronts Emma, which would later serve as fuel for Emma in helping Ashley fulfill her destiny. Regina stated…

Emma vs. Regina, abc.com

In order for something to grow, Ms. Swan, it needs roots, and you don’t have any. People don’t change; they only fool themselves into believing they can.”

You don’t know me,” Emma states back. Regina shot back…

No, I think I do. All I ask is as you carry on your transient life, you think of Henry and what’s best for him. Perhaps consider a clean break. It’s going to happen anyway.”

Do you ever feel like Emma, like you never really belonged anywhere, like others even want to keep you feeling that way? Like Emma, you will find your place. You will find your purpose. As Henry told Emma near the end of the show…

Henry, the “kid”, tvguide.com

You’re different. You’re the only one who can do it. You’re the only one who can leave Storybrooke. If anyone else tried to go, bad things would happen. You CAN go.”

How interesting, it is her weakness of a transient life that could ultimately be her greatest strength, in just the right place, at just the right time.

Continuing with the story, Cinderella is about to have a baby, but is afraid, because she was tricked by Rumpelstiltskin in a deal made with him. Watch how her husband handles this major crisis that could potentially break up the family. Cinderella cried…

Now I’m going to lose it all, my life, you.”

No…magic may have brought us together, but it didn’t create this love,” said Prince Thomas.

But I made a deal?” Cinderella responded.

Then the answer is simple. We make another deal,” reassured Prince Thomas.

Compare that to the real world version, explained by a waitress friend, Ruby…

That would mean the boyfriend was involved with her at all, which he isn’t. He left right after they found out they were expecting. Hasn’t spoken to her since.”

Surprised? Without her boyfriend around, Ashley confides in Emma…

It’s just that when the baby comes, no one thinks that I can do this. No one thinks I can do anything. Maybe they’re right.”

Emma turns around, looks Ashley in the eye and says…

Screw them. I know what it’s like–everyone loves to tell you what you can and can’t do, especially with a kid, but ultimately whatever you’re considering doing, or giving up, the choice is yours.”

It’s not exactly what you might think it is,” suggested Ashley.

It never is. People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, no, this is who I am. You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things? You’re going to have to go out there and change them yourself, because there are no fairy godmothers in this world,” said Emma.

Ashley with child, abc.com

The enemy will tell you that “people don’t change.” Turn that channel off, and turn on Once Upon a Time. In the show, both Snow White and Cinderella came from unfortunate situations. There was a particular scene where the two of them were dancing together in the palace–a picture of two people who beat the odds and found themselves in a special place.

Do you realize what inspiration you are to everyone?” Snow White asked Cinderella.

All I did was get married,” suggested Cinderella. Snow White concluded…

All you did was show that anyone can change her life. I’m proud of you.

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  1. November 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

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