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?
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I don’t regret what I’ve been through. I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows. I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’ It’s part of who I am. Jennifer Lopez, performer and much more
Alexa, that Internet “thingie” that answers all of your questions when you ask her, moved in today. It’s like having a Genie In A Bottle. It made me wonder, If I had a Genie for real, what would I wish for? Like Lopez, I wouldn’t change much in the past or present. The highs and lows of my life formed me, molded me into this less-than-perfect, 73-year old woman with whom I’m pretty comfortable.
If you’ve experienced recent loss, my guess is you would wish it away. But the inevitable can’t be wished away forever. All living things come to an end, we just want them to stay with us as long as possible. Perhaps that’s a reasonable wish. I’d also pick world peace, eradication of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other horrible diseases, and I’m not too crazy about hurricanes. But I choose not to wish my life away. How about you?
Affirmation: I have no regrets.
Coaching questions: If you had three wishes, what would they be? How have you been changed by the ups and downs of your life? What will help you be content with where you are in your life right now?