I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end and that peace and tranquility will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
– Ann Frank, July 15, 1944
Hope. When you feel afraid, depressed, or oppressed by the many big, far reaching things that are out of our control – make room for hope. Take courage from the words of a teenager, who lived in a time when it seemed the world went mad, and could yet believe in a better day to come. Ann Frank may have been victimized by a political power and misguided ideology, but from her writings, we can clearly see that she was never a victim.
When all is craziness around you, take control of the one thing which is always within your control – yourself and your response to whatever is happening. Remember that you’re never alone. There is a God that will stay beside you even in the very worst of times.