HearNote, Monday, January 28th. “I somehow feel…”
I want to start the essay with this quote from Anne Frank:
“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better.”
Where we look to instill our faith, how we begin to see the brighter future in spite of our circumstances, is the ballast within our souls.
When we look for good, when we acknowledge and recognize it, we always see it. We can change our perspective by where we place our focus, and that focus can carry our heart.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is frequently submitted as required reading in grade schools and high schools all across the country. Apart from the author’s deep and accessible prose, it teaches the readers at at early age to attach to the premise that they will “somehow feel” that things will be fine. That the better changes are ahead. That life, in spite of the ugliness, the anger, the constant focus on the fears of this world, will turn out fine, and our tomorrows will be filled with more goodness than disdain.
This gift of perspective offered to our adolescent selves sometimes becomes jaded throughout time. We lose the enthusiasm and the faith we held in our youth. Time can be tough, and circumstances that befall us can convince us that life is hard, challenges are present, and difficulties lurk behind every ring of the alarm clock, clanging the chimes of another awful day ahead.
We must refuse to allow ourselves to let circumstances darken the light within us. It is our purpose to shine our light to one another, to be an example of happiness and faith that others can see as being good, hopeful, and steady.
Please, today, trust your inner self, the energy that embraces the joy within you, no matter what your circumstances may be.
Wholeheartedly believe the words of Anne Frank that no matter what happens today, you will always “somehow feel” that all of life’s beauty is at your fingertips, and your eyes will always focus on all the good in this world.