Friday, June 20, 2014


At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: 'Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you're not part of it.' My advice is: 'Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.'

I don't think Mother's advice can be right, because what are you supposed to do if you become part of the suffering? You'd be completely lost. On the contrary, beauty remains, even in misfortune. If you just look for it, you discover more and more happiness and regain your balance. A person who's happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery!

Ann Frank
Written in her Diary on Tuesday, March 7, 1944

{Horn Pond, Woburn, MA}
The place where I have the freedom to wander 
and regain my balance.

Joining James for


  1. Beautiful and powerful words to go with your wonderful pictures today !

  2. Gorgeous scenery and reflections. I always go out in nature when I need to be grounded and rebalanced.

  3. Ann Frank was wise for her years and many of us, even those of us much older should listen to her words. Nature can sooth our pain and suffering ... it is all around us and it is glorious. We can take joy in all that it is. These are wonderful pictures. I love a blue sky with puffs of clouds floating by, both in the sky and in the water. Thank you for this peaceful moment, Adrienne.

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  4. Absolutely fabulous...beautiful nature...

  5. Her words have a resonance so many years later. Wonderful reflection to go with them.

  6. Beautiful landscapes captured perfectly.... Just wow!


  7. Very inspiring reflections in words and pictures,
    Best regards from

  8. Wonderful reflection shots.

  9. Great post! The reflections are simply amazing!

  10. We can't be happy all the time, but we can try!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  11. These reflections are fantastic! So beautiful!!!