The books that stay with me, the books I reread, are the ones that move and delight me, the ones that surprise me with something new each time I open the pages, and the ones that inspire me to live life a little better. Below are some of the lessons that L. M. Montgomery’s classic heroine has taught me.
Live life to the fullest.
Anne puts her entire heart into everything she does, whether it’s studying to beat Gilbert Blythe in school, saving money to attend college, or just looking forward to the Sunday school picnic. She works hard and gives life her best. In return, life often gives her back, if not exactly what she wanted, at least some small happinesses.
Look for Kindred Spirits.
As Anne notes, they’re more abundant than you might initially think. But if you’re kind and open, you may find that others open themselves up to you.
Just forgive Gilbert already, Anne! Well, at least we all know from Anne’s experience that one shouldn’t hold grudges unless you want to miss out on a potentially beautiful friendship.
It’s Okay to Be a Little Sentimental.
Anne likes to wax poetic about the trees, the stars, the flowers, the lake…. Sometimes I feel silly pointing out things like that. But though Anne is often ignored by her conversation partners when she expresses appreciation of nature, that doesn’t stop her from finding beauty around her and trying to share it.
You Can Recover From Mishaps.
In times of trouble, I remember that Anne dyed her hair green. If she survived, I can, too.
Think About How Others Would Feel.
Marilla’s advice to Anne when she goes to tea at the manse is to stop worrying about how to act and think about what would be best for Mrs. Allan and make her feel comfortable. That’s pretty deep, Marilla.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned, but if you give of yourself to others and try to do your best on whatever life path you are on, you can feel contented.