109 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Says Something Everybody Should See
As the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, Alice Hertz-Sommer recently celebrated her 110th birthday. She is known for her powerful wisdom and unwavering optimism. In fact, if others looked at the world through the eyes she does, the world would likely be a better place.
Our elders, particularly Alice, have the knowledge and experience to teach us numerous lessons, if we take the time to listen. The lessons they hold, both on a collective and individual level, have the potential to bring us together as one human race.
Her first point is based on the importance of remaining optimistic despite what you are faced with. This is an excellent reminder that we always need to look on the bright side, particularly with everything we are experiencing on Earth at the present time. Mankind is beginning to open their eyes to the world around them. In turn, questions are being asked regarding what is really happening here. The outcome of this can be a feeling of depression, dread, or hopelessness, as they begin to see that the world isn’t how they’ve been told it is. There is so much going on right now that does not ring true with the soul; many things that can easily lead to heartbreak. If you are experiencing this feelings, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Jung stated, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
It is essential that we view our experience on Earth as just that, an experience. If you are distressed by something that you see on the planet, you have the ability to do something about it. Judging what you are seeing or simply looking the other way is not the answer. Alice puts this into perspective by saying, “I know about the bad things, but I look at the good things.”
You can view this as a chance, a chance to play your part in changing it. The world is in the midst of a spectacular transition as it wakes up to what is occurring and starts to change. The world is certainly changing and there are numerous reasons to be optimistic. In the past several years, the human race has advanced and matured tremendously. Directly involved in this movement, I am astounded at the amount of progress we have made. Of course, our work is still far from over. I also think that if you change the way you view things, the things you are viewing will change. I think the above quote is the perfect example of how we can look at the “good” things, yet we can still be mindful of the “bad” things, the events that occur on Earth that our souls do not agree with, the things we aim to change. We do not have the capability to change something without, first, being aware of it. This applies to today’s world in regards to pesticides, 9/11, GMOs, exposing the military industrial complex, animal cruelty and much more. We crave the ability to disentangle ourselves from this illusion and enter into the world of truth.
“We should be thankful we are living, there is beauty everywhere.”
Without ever realizing it, many of us spend a significant amount of time complaining about things. We’ve put out of our mind the vibration of thankfulness and to be appreciative of the fact we are alive, that we are fortunate enough to be able to participate in the human experience. Viewing life through the eyes of gratitude has the ability to help you see life from a completely different perspective. I realize how hard it can be not to judge our own lives and personal situations. I know that we frequently feel as if something is missing from our live. Looking to the outside world to fill this void is rarely helpful, but taking the time to revel in feelings of gratitude can remove this feelings. Even though there are numerous things about the Earth that we have a desire to change, there are just as many gorgeous features of the planet that we fail to notice. There truly is beauty all around us, it is dependent upon us whether or not we take the time to see it.
Alice encounters more happiness in one day than most people do in their entire lifetime. Alice is living proof of what the human experience can achieve and conquer in life. True joy is not the result of things we have obtained from the external material world. It comes from deep inside and how we opt to view the world that surrounds us. The human race doesn’t yet know what it can achieve. It is only, just know, beginning to understand its infinite possibilities to create a human experience that allows everyone on earth the chance to thrive