From a letter to G., May 20th, 1942
This passage puts into context a quote we found in one of Jupp’s notebooks (link below). The added photo is most probably not the one mentioned in the letter, but at least shows the same person.
“Did I tell you A. had sent another photo? I am very happy with this one, she looks so serenely quiet, so inwardly happy that a great load was taken from my heart. You know, it had troubled me a lot that she wasn’t feeling too happy, that she spent too much time thinking of me, longing for our happy days to return, that her days might slip away under her fingers without her noticing it. You know, G., one can think of a beloved person without feeling the pain of longing, which does not exclude thinking of her + even longing but in a different way, as of something one is looking forward to expectantly, which makes quite a different feeling from looking backward at something that has been lost, thus provoking sadness + regret. And I’m happy because she looks as if she were in the state of mind where she is looking forward to something. That way she will have other, greater strength to carry on + she will derive greater pleasure + satisfaction from the things she is doing if she does them with an open mind. I often think now it is something of the art to live to constantly have something in mind that is worth looking forward to + to refuse to look backward at the things we are missing. It’s no good. The other day I read something to this effect: worry, if we let it trickle, will soon cut a channel into the mind, into which all other thoughts will be drained. To me it seems, the man is right. – ”