Time to look at another quote image, and this one is sombre and uplifting at the same time…
I took that photo on an early morning sunrise photo trip, to a place called the Coldrum Stones here in Kent in Britain. It was a glorious quiet chilly morning, and as I snapped away at the new dawn, it’s almost impossible to escape the sense of ‘potential’, of ‘possibility’ as a new day starts.
That’s why I thought the words worked well over the top, from someone who left words as a legacy after her own opportunities were cut short.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank wrote those words.
Born in Germany in 1929, died at Bergen Belsen 1945, aged 15.
She wrote them when she herself was not able to go out and soak up a sunrise. Words written in her diary as her family spent 2 years hiding in a building in the Netherlands from the occupying Germans.
After being arrested in 1944, her diary was kept safe by one of the people that had been helping the family, and returned to her father Otto after he survived the concentration camps.
Anne, her mother, and her sister, did not survive. After a couple of months at Auschwitz, the two girls were moved on to Bergen-Belsen where they caught typhus in the terrible conditions and died.
Otto found himself surprised by the depths of Anne’s writing, and when he saw that she had hoped to become a writer, he set about trying to get it published. He didn’t have much success, but when an article *about* the diary got into a newspaper, that caught the attention, and the diary was published in 1947, with the first publication in English coming in 1952.
I’ve not actually read it, so I don’t know the context of the quote, I don’t know what came before it, or after but I’m not sure that matters, because as soon as I saw it, I felt the impact. It hit home as a wonderful quote about a wonderful thing and when you see the name Anne Frank attached, the knowledge of her story and the situation she was in when she wrote it makes it all the more…wonderful.
Here’s the thing though – it sounds lovely, but is it *true*..?
Is it true that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?
Well, you won’t be surprised to hear that yes, I think it’s true! Of course it’s true!
How can it not be true?
All of us spend all our days getting results based on our actions, based on our thoughts.
This is true whether we know it or not. It’s true whether we want to accept it or not.
Those thoughts and actions impact the world around us, and they impact *us*.
It follows therefore, that all of us can change that impact, by changing the actions, by changing the thoughts. Since our thoughts are ours, and we can direct them at any time, then yes, we can start to change the world right now. No need to wait a single moment.
It’s important to note the word ‘improve’ in Anne’s words. Not just change the world, but improve it. That’s where the real impact of her quote comes. Written right in the middle of one of the darkest times we’ve known, the idea of not just changing, but improving the world is one that must be held on to.
I like to think of another well used quote which is to make sure that we are being the change we want to see in the world.
So, if we want to improve things, both for those around us, and for ourselves, it’s down to us…
If you want to bring more laughter into the world, laugh more yourself.
If you want to bring more positivity into the world, think and therefore act positively yourself.
More kindness? Be kind.
More understanding? Be understanding.
More communication? Communicate more.
If we take this idea and actually act on it, we’re sending out ripples that we consider to be a way of improving the world. We might have a clear idea of how, when and why it will have an impact, or we might not have any idea, but those ripples are going out.
If they impact others, and make an improvement, that’s wonderful, isn’t it?
Sometimes the way of the world is not easy to change quickly. It might seem impossible in fact. It can sound glib to imply otherwise, so it’s important to understand that life can be difficult to the extreme. We only have to remind ourselves of the quote author’s story to see that.
However, even if the actual changing of the world might be slow, the decision to do it can be instant. The decision to change our thoughts and/or act differently on our current thought patterns can be made instantly.
It can be done right now.
Look to your world. Do you see things you’d like to improve? I say get to it then! Look to the words of the young Anne Frank, and you’ll surely agree that she was right –
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait single moment before starting to improve the world.
Ok, I’d love to hear what you think – do leave a comment!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you’d like to make improvements, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, go and watch my free video series, covering my 8 step goal achievement formula. I’ve used it for *decades* – it works for me, and it’ll work for you too.