A Brave Young Girl

posted by Sharon January 11, 2014 12 Comments

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave.
                                         Sara Barreilles

How’s this for an example of someone brave? Anne Frank, whose wartime diary has inspired millions of people to live courageously.

She had just entered her teen years when her family went into hiding from the Nazis during World War II. For two years, she lived cooped up in a small space with others in this house in Amsterdam.

In her diary, she recorded her views on life. Here are some of her wise observations:

No one has ever become poor by giving.

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank is one of the best examples of “brave” I can think of. Her words, scratched out in a tiny cupboard hiding place, live on today. She said what she wanted to say. She likely thought no one would read her words, ever. She was wrong about that, of course. Her every-day bravery stands as an encouragement to all who meet her on the pages of her diary.

How about you? Who is an example of “brave” for you?

Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “Brave” by Sara Barreilles.

 

 

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12 Comments

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kim January 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

I remember reading her diaries in 8th grade and my 7th grader is slated to read it this year. I know it will impact her. I also really love Corrie Ten Boom’s story during the same era. Such brave souls!

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Adrienne January 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

A favorite book. And one of the most memorable places I’ve ever visited (her house in Amsterdam)…GREAT choice to illustrate the power of this song!

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KathyL January 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Wonderful example of brave. Thank you for sharing some of the quotes from the book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it – I may have to revisit it.

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Boo Kitty Boo January 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I totally agree….On of the best books ever! I wish I could go and visit her annex one day…
Boo Kitty Boo XXX

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nancyjeann January 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

you know…i hate to say this…but i have never read her book. But your post has encouraged me to zip off to the library today and then settle down for a good read…

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Susan January 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Awesome way to interpret this song. Anne Frank was extraordinary. Seriously it would be so difficult to endure the way she did. I’m sure it was he optimism that held her safe for so long.

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nicki January 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Anne Frank is, as Susan said, and extraordinary example of brave. I can’t help but draw a correlation between her being a prisoner held up in a tiny living space and the mental prison many are confined to in fear of being themselves, worried that their immediate loved-ones will refuse them or that society will ostracize them. Ms. Frank’s optimism was her strength and her salvation. A great reference.

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Ida P. Krause January 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

What a powerful book, I read that book many years ago but it would be worth another read just because it contains so much inspiration. A great choice for this song.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I remember having to read her diary in late middle school. It was the first time Holocaust education really hit me. Talk about Brave!

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Molly January 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I think it is one the finest examples of ‘brave’. She seemed to take so much of what we thrown at her in her stride

Mollyxxx

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itsallaboutpurple January 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

i agree, it’s just incredible, the words she wrote, the thoughts she shared, such an inspiration!! the bravest person i know is me…….living with MS and never taking one moment for granted. the second bravest person i know is my husband, taking the ride with me and never giving up on me. that’s bravery at it’s best!!

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kathy January 13, 2014 at 1:05 am

Amen! I was always enthralled with the story of Anne Frank…even as a little girl. The book, the movie…I just couldn’t get enough of her story. Would love to visit the home in Amsterdam some day. Thanks for joining in at Song-ography!

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