“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
~Anne Frank (1929-1945) Famous Holocaust victim
For two long years during World War II, Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis, confined in cramped attic rooms of an office building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In spite of existing in a state of ever-present fear and isolation, young Anne never stopped believing in the goodness of life.
Except for her father, Anne and the other members of her family ultimately died in concentration camps. Anne’s gallant message, recorded in her red-checkered diary, however, was not silenced by her cruel captors. The little cloth-bound book, later discovered on the floor of the Franks’ former living area, has prevailed as a timeless statement of hope to the world.
In the spirit of Anne’s words, in spite of our individual challenges, major as they may be, there are still so many reasons to be happy today. Life in all its simple pleasures is precious and a gift to be savored. We don’t have to look far. An infinite variety of things to gladden our hearts is right before us.
Here’s just a sampling:
The irreplaceable sound of a loved one’s voice calling “Good Morning”
Brilliant sunshine streaming through a window
Fluffy white clouds in vivid blue skies
Beckoning green hills with lush valleys below
Delicious aroma of freshly-brewed coffee
Cheerful song of robins twittering in the trees
Regal purple iris and friendly daisies in full bloom
A rainbow decorating the sky after a thunderstorm
A little white farmhouse with red rosebush nearby
Tinkling piano music drifting across the air
Children’s voices raised in shouts of delight
The merry peal of a grandmother’s laughter
The sight of a baby taking her first faltering steps
The contented purring sound of a tabby cat
The soulful eyes of a cocker spaniel
What makes you happy today?