Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank
Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world’s most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.
In 1999, Time named Anne Frank among the heroes and icons of the 20th century on their list The Most Important People of the Century, stating: “With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity”.
Anne Frank, a young girl, who by her own word, left us her story of horror to dwell on for eternity. Yet, despite the horrific events of her life, maintained an attitude of hope and gratitude for us to learn from and emulate. Have we? I am not sure. I listen to my own whining and impatience at times and forget to look at how good my life is, how much beauty surrounds me by the second and how my attitude can rob me of my happiness in an instant. I say that about me as I am the only person I can judge.
During my decades of active addiction, I had no capacity to reflect with happiness on anything. Everything about me was angry and negative, cynical and sarcastic, defiant and denying and just plain old isolated and disconnected.
In my life as a Rabbi in Recovery and as an Addiction/Spiritual Counselor, I am able to joyfully share my transition from utter to darkness to shining light with clients and congregants. I am able to share moving from negativity/anger to joy/gratitude.
You can choose to ask yourself whether you can read what Anne wrote and what your honest answer is. I know that most often I can honestly and gratefully state that I fulfill her mandate and do see the beauty and do feel happy. I also know that I can use her quote as a constant reminder to stop myself when I whine and complain about whatever is ailing me at the moment and instead, see the beauty that surrounds me, be happy and share that joy with another person. When I do that I give meaning to her life and her legacy.
My prayer for you today is that you will ask yourself if you fulfill Anne’s mandate and if you don’t, start doing so. You will feel better, you will help make the world better and Anne will smile at your beauty.
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Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!