Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Can you see the light?

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
- Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, 1952

The book "Diary of a Young Girl" was published in 1952. It was written during the Second World War when Anne Frank and her family, being Jewish, were in hiding, hunted by the Nazis.

The words quoted were written by a girl in her early teens who was holed up in a dark attic almost all of every day, often not seeing daylight for days at a time.

It's a tribute to her insight into the meaning of life that she was able to find the good amongst so much misery and devastation.

It's also wise of us to consider her words as they apply to our own lives. We are not likely to ever experience living conditions as bad as Anne Frank and her family suffered. Yet if we do not adopt the attitude she had, we will not be able to see the beauty and feel the happiness of life that she had.

Anne Frank died shortly before the Netherlands was liberated in 1945. She never got to see the light of day the way we do every day for most of the three years in which she and her family were in hiding to avoid capture.

We would all do well to see the light each day. We can see with our eyes what Anne Frank could see with her mind.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to get us all pointed toward the light.
Learn more at http://billallin.com/cgi/index.pl

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