What I Learned from Anne of Green Gables

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”  Anne

Don’t laugh; hear me out for a minute.  There is much we can learn from fictional characters.  I think we see things more clearly in a story, and in the pages of a book we can better understand ourselves.  After all, Christ himself told many stories to teach.

For those of you that haven’t read this book, read it.  You are missing out!  Anne, an eternal optimist, is adopted by a woman (an ever-practical pessimist) and her brother who has a soft spot for the spunky young girl.  She brings life and vitality back to their home.  Anne is incredibly idealistic and like Cinderella, “sees the world not as it is but as it could be.”  However, she deeply mourns when things don’t turn out the way she had planned.  Unfortunately, this happens far too often for the impulsive Anne.

I connect with Anne.  When my husband died, I felt like I had to cling for dear life to the ideals that I had easily believed in before.  It’s so much harder to embrace your values when you are left on your own, isn’t it?  There are certain things I desire for my life and my children, and my soul screams when things don’t look that way.  I don’t want to be alone.  I don’t want my children to fight.  I don’t want them to experience loss and pain.  As Anne discovers though, life doesn’t always go as planned.  What I love about her spirit is that she never stays down for long.  She fights for hope and joy and will not let any event in life, no matter how terrible, get her down.  After being misused and mistreated, she comes to Green Gables hopeful, not bitter.  She finds joy and beauty in the mundane.  She renames the places around her new home with enchanting names, properly fitting for them in her eyes.  She tells stories as she walks through the forest to school.  She loves without abandon.  Anne constantly tries to make the world a better place.

Don’t let your failures get you down.  Like Anne, dust yourself off and go on hoping and dreaming and trying to make the world a better place.  Look for hope and beauty even in the most unlikely places.  When life hands you lemons, make some lemonade with extra sugar.  And don’t forget to smile.  There’s always something to smile about.


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