I have read the Diary of Anne Frank several times throughout my life and each time something new jumps out at me as being so wise. I remember the first time I read it was in school, while I was right around the same age she was.
The wisdom that stayed with me from this first reading, was the part where she talks about the difference in perspective between her and her mother. Her mother believed that you should be aware of how bad it could be and is not and be happy that you are being spared for the moment. While Anne herself thought you should look at how beautiful the world is and be happy that things are so good.
I remember thinking at the time that they were both right and you should do both things. Be grateful that your world is so beautiful and be aware that it could be much worse.
It made me sad at the time, that Anne had such a difficult relationship with her mother, when both of them had very valid viewpoints. I wished so much that they could have seen the wisdom in the other and in that way have grown closer.
I will say that seeing the issues that drove these two women apart, helped me in my own life to avoid the anger and hurt that many teens feel toward their parents and my mother and I formed a relationship during my teen years that provided a wonderful foundation for the extremely close bond we still share.
This post is the first in a series that I am going to do on all the many insights and wisdoms to be found in Anne Franks Diary. She was a gift to the world during an extremely dark time and I can’t help but think that she would have been proud that she achieved her fondest desire; to go on living in the world’s memory long after her death.