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A walk in the countryside

Friday, 15 August 2014

“I don’t think then of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. This is one of the things that Mummy and I are so entirely different about. Her counsel when one feels melancholy is: ‘Think of all the misery in the world and be thankful that you are not sharing it!’ My advice is: ‘Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!’
     I don’t see how Mummy’s idea can be right, because then how are you supposed to behave if you are going through the misery yourself? Then you are lost. On the contrary, I’ve found that there is always some beauty left - in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance.
     And whoever is happy, will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!”
     ~The Diary of Anne Frank, pg 146


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