Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women's History Month: Anne Frank on gratitude

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is one of my all-time favorite books. In fact, I've read it several times, but one particular time sticks out as one of those pivotal moments in my adolescents. I was probably about 16 or 17, it was the summer and we were driving down to Alabama to visit my grandparents. I remember sitting in the backseat of our car and just devouring the book on that vacation. Sure, it didn't matter that Anne and I lived some 50 years apart -- I instantly felt this kinship toward her and was in complete awe of her. Here was a teenager fighting for her life, and yet so full of hope and courage and optimism. Her words resonated loud and clear with me, especially when she spoke so eloquently of gratitude...

“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.”

How perfect that I should find this now. I used to do Daily Affirmations, but somewhere along the way, I stopped. Janelle gave me a small journal for Christmas, so I think I'll try and get back to writing down a few things I'm grateful for every night before I go to bed. Do you keep a gratitude journal, friends? xoxo


  1. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of my all time favorites, too. I didn't read it until I was an adult, but when I finally did, her writing inspired me to take up journaling again. I can't wait until my nieces are old enough for me to share her story with them.

  2. I read this in school and it was so amazing. Even in the pictures of AF .. her sweet personality and spunk shines through. Her attitude inspires everyone decades later! What a great post for Women's History!


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