Life lessons from Alice Herz-Sommer

I loved this post written by Linda Ross for the Hartford Faith and Values column.  I simply had to share it with my Maryland readers.  The academy award winning Best Short Documentary on the life of Alice Herz-Sommer is a testament to agelessness – gratitude and happiness.  Her life lessons outlined in this post can be practiced by us all.  Hope you enjoy Linda’s post as much as I did.

Life lessons from Alice Herz-Sommer

Academy Award winning Short Documentary

Academy Award winning Short Documentary

Watching the recent Academy Awards, I was intrigued by the winning film of the Best Short Documentary category, The Lady in Number 6.  A good part of the world knew the subject, Alice Herz-Sommer and her biography, A Century of Wisdom (2012).  Her life is remarkable not only for what she has endured – a survivor of the Holocaust or for what she had accomplished – at 109 the oldest know concert pianist, but for how she lived and the healthy effect she had on others.  Her biographer, Caroline Stoessinger surmised Alice might have uncovered the source of eternal youth.

Alice, her friends and acquaintances describe what has impelled a biography, a documentary and her fountain of youth.  A glimpse into her life rewards us with a view of the effect of living with a focus on the best in the human spirit.  Having just finished reading A Century of Wisdom, I heartily recommend picking up (or downloading) a copy!  The book is a treasure, but space allows me to share only a fraction of what I highlighted.

First, a sample of thoughts from Alice:  continue reading