Inspirational Alice – Dancing Under the Gallows at 107
A former concert pianist tells her tale and inspires us all. Watch!
Despite being interned for years in a concentration camp during World War II, Alice Herz-Sommer — at 107, the oldest survivor of the holocaust — has lived her life without hatred.
Instead, she has thrived through her optimistic attitude and her music.
As I watched and listened to Alice in the video below, it dawned on me how important it is that we can be connected to something that inspires us, something that connects at a deep, visceral level, and upon which we can lean for help through difficult times.
For Alice, it was music. It was her lifeline while interned in a concentration camp, it has lifted her to lofty places, and has fueled her development of a sublime attitude that observes the best in all things.
“I was born with a very, very good optimism… when you are optimistic, when you are not complaining, when you look at the good side of life, everybody loves you. Only when we are so old… only… we are aware of the beauty of life.”
“I am thankful for everything.”
I wonder how much of Alice’s amazing longevity and clarity stems from her attitude. As a teacher of mine once said, “Attitude is everything.”
Is life getting you down? Need a lift? Well, watch and listen to Alice and absorb her perspective.
Last Updated on May 27, 2011 by Joe Garma