We all know the Cinderella story. The young, beautiful girl works like a slave to serve her evil step-mother, and suffers the abuse of her shallow, self-centered step-sisters.
Of course the fairy godmother uses her magical powers to turn a pumpkin into a carriage, and mice into coachmen. She promises to fulfill the secret longing of poor Cinderella, but the eccentric godmother offers some practical advice as well. "Do you like being a servant?" she asks, "You could easily be a servant elsewhere and get paid for it."
The fairy godmother might ask a similar question to anyone feeling burdened or oppressed by some unfortunate situation. Do we like our current life circumstances? If not, what are we willing to do to change? No magic is required to make a new choice about life.
We make the choices, and yet magic is real, activated only by love, courage, and truth.