Today I was thinking about Spirit and Faith.
The human spirit and the faith that keeps us going through all of life's twists and turns.
We think our problems are the biggest of the big and as I sat and thought about this, I was brought back to the present day - this day, Holocaust Day.
Every year, this day stops me in my tracks as I think of all those who perished.
Everyone. All faiths and cultures, those who didn't fit in, babies, toddlers, young children, teenagers, women, men, elderly, families, travellers, homosexuals, able bodied, dis-able bodied. All those who were not required.
Today I was yet again pulled to Anne Frank and I knew that she had to be my first Muse Mantra Monday.
This avid Journaller who died when she was 15 years old. Born the same year as my dad. She would have been 85 this year.
And I sat and turned to a new piece of my sketch book, my sharpened pencil and a photograph that I had found of her for my reference.
I began to tap into her.
I really looked at Anne Frank and focused on her:
For 90 minutes, it was me and Anne Frank.
I felt like I got to know her a little bit more, in those 90 minutes.
In my meditative state as I drew her, I realised just what thick hair she had, really unruly and disproportionate, quirky and lopsided.
It was so thick, that it seemed to have it's own story to tell.
As I filled in her hair, I knew that she must have had difficulty taming it.
And I felt sad that she never had the opportunity to really play with her hair as a young woman, or style it as she grew older.
Then I focused on her lips, it took me a while to feel that I had them right.
From this time with Anne, I really sensed such a big grin, a wide smile, a grin that grinned from ear to ear, with dimples at each side of her mouth when she smiled and laughed. She reminds me of my own mum.
And I felt sad that she never had the opportunity to really laugh, grin and giggle as a young woman, or smile at her husband as she grew older.
I then started to draw her Journal, her diary, Kitty, whom she wrote to whilst she was in hiding and I could deeply relate to revealing her inner most thoughts, desires, hurts and angst to the page.
I have been there. All my life, I have written in my journal, sometimes more than other times, but it has been a constant presence in my life.
And I felt sad that she never have the opportunity to continue to write as a young women, to continue to share more of her stories as she grew older.
And at that moment, I was grateful that she did write when she did and that her words were found and shared.
There are so many of Anne Frank's words that stand out for me, it was difficult to choose but this quote really struck me.
"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."
And that sums up what we all need to remember every single day.
We are really good at heart.
I will be featuring a new Muse Mantra Monday every week.
Much Love xxx
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