I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
I’ve been thinking about Anne Frank lately. She was thirteen when she started writing The Diary of a Young Girl while hiding in a small space for two years and thirty-five days. Not only was Anne’s family of four hiding from the Nazis, they were sheltering and sharing food with four others at the risk of their own lives.
Two months after the Allied landings in Normandy, the police discovered the Franks’ hiding place and all those in hiding were arrested. Anne and her sister Margot survived Auschwitz only to be sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There the two girls died of typhus shortly before the camp was liberated by the British Army on April 15, 1945. Anne was 15, her sister was 19.
Affirmation: Thinking about other’s circumstances helps me accept mine.
Coaching questions: What’s been the most difficult aspect about sheltering in place for you? What are you learning about yourself and others?