Still Learning To See

As long as this exists…

After a burst of early hot weather, more seasonal, cool weather has slowed the growth of Spring greens seen here from a nearby hill. Seeing these early days, as the changes just begin to show, bring me great happiness and, though my troubles seem so insignificant, great solace on those days I feel blind to life.

“As long as this exists,” I thought, “and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy.” 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 long 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.

by Anne Frank

Thanks to Liz for sharing this from Writer’s Almanac of April 30.

This entry was published on May 1, 2012 at 7:05 am. It’s filed under Spring, Trees and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “As long as this exists…

  1. Julia on said:

    Oh, I have chills–you chose the entry that has touched me most from Writer’s Almanac. I met Anne Frank’s father in Amsterdam with I was 20, and have never forgotten him or his face when he spoke of her. 17 years later, the first play I directed was THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. That final sentence you wrote is in my commonplace book: “And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” Thanks so very much for including her words in your entry.

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