“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?” Anne Frank
I climbed up the steep stairs to the annex where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. I felt chills run through me.
It was haunting being there, knowing eight Jewish families had lived in hiding holding onto hope that they'd make it out alive. The area was small, tight, dark.
I wandered into the tiny room where Anne slept and looked out the small window. Still there strong and proud - the chestnut tree she saw. The sight of that tree against the sky and the birds flying by gave Anne strength, courage and hope.
In February 1944 Anne wrote, "The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn’t speak."
And in May 1944, “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”
I get what Anne felt because in nature I feel strong, free and full of hope. Nature gives me hope even in the worst situations.
I'm incredibly grateful for nature's sights, sounds and smells. I go to the woods nearly every day and always come home happy, and incredibly peaceful.
Happy Thursday, Guys.