The best remedy

A gull and a person, enjoying solitude at the beach. Dam Neck, Virginia, April 2010

A gull and a person, enjoying solitude at the beach. Dam Neck, Virginia, April 2010

“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

God’s furniture

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Thank you for this nudge. You are helping me with my resolve to get out of the house!
    I want to thank you for thanking me 🤔 for feeding Shep, the cat. I think of your thanks sometimes when I’m feeding him, and it’s helpful. (He’s not terribly grateful at this point.)
    We brought him to the vet yesterday, and he had a fever, so now we have antibiotics for him. He doesn’t enjoy those, either!
    But he is a very nice, well tempered cat.

    • Susan, thank you for this update. Ever since I was a very young child, I have always been unusually distressed to see or hear about any animal suffering. But cats and dogs are at the very top of the list of those animals who most tug at my heartstrings. I do hope you realize my gratitude is sincere. Thanks too for taking Shep to the vet!

  2. MaryAnn

    As you know, beach is my favorite place to be! Walking in the surf, communing with my Heavenly Father! Indeed the “best remedy” (for anything) is to rejoice in God’s Nature!
    Sending love & prayers to you & Matt….

    • Mary Ann, I agree!! Thanks for the love & prayers…both much needed! ❤

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