The best remedy
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank
Think about it: those words were written by a young girl trapped indoors, hiding in an ultimately vain attempt to escape a fate even more cruel. Her courageous example of how to defeat despair has inspired people all over the world.
Perhaps being deprived of the solace found in nature only served to give Anne a deeper appreciation of it. Most of us have no reason to fear such deprivation, but we can learn from hers nonetheless. I hope we will all take the advice of a young person who was wise beyond her years. Let’s make time to exercise this freedom to go outside and rejoice, in honor of Anne and all like her who left a legacy of courage and optimism to light the way for us.
One year ago today