Day 2 of the March Slice of Life – a daily challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers“
Today is the Oscars – a yearly event that I have watched for over fifty years. I enjoy the parade into the Oscars, the opening monologue (Billy Crystal, you were my favourite), the speeches, the awards, the memoriams. So, yes, I will watch, although now it is with less admiration, than it is a tradition.
Yesterday, though, I read about, and then watched a video on Alice Herz-Sommer. She died this past week at 110 years of age. She was the oldest Holocaust survivor and had survived the war by playing piano concerts.
Tonight, her life story will be honoured, possibly with an academy award. I will be cheering for her documentary “The Lady in Number Six” to win (it was made by two Canadians!)
As I watched her remarkable life unfold in the video, I was struck with her optimism and joy of life, even though she had experienced the worst horrors during the war. She was always laughing. Music helped her have hope and always went to her soul.
Here are several quotes – great words of wisdom for all of us to follow:
“Everything is a present. Be thankful always.””
“Music brings us to an island, with peace and beauty and love.”
“I look where it is good. I know about the bad, but I look at the good.”
“I never hate. Hatred eats the soul of the hater, not the hated.”
“Put something in your head every day. Learn, learn, learn. To learn by heart is better than pills.”
“Put as much as you can into your heads. Nobody can take it away from you.”
“Only when we are old are we aware of the beauty of life.”