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Over the weekend I spend some time on a plane and for a rare couple of hours I got to read a book. We checked into our flight too late to sit next to each other so Soren and I both bought some reading material and had some alone time. I bought Unbroken, which has been on my list to read since Natalia recommended it to me last September. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I knew enough of the plot to know I would like it.
And whoa. Like it? Yes. Overwhelmed by it? A little bit of that too. When we landed in Kansas City I had a really hard time adjusting back to where I was and what I was doing. I felt like I had just been adrift in the Pacific and then in prison on an Asian island somewhere. The book really sucks you in and so much of it is just mind boggling. The intense conditions that the main character and really so many of the people at that time in the world suffered through are just so foreign to me. I haven’t finished it yet, but already it has been affecting my daily thoughts. I live such a comfortable life with so many blessings that I take for granted. I fuss about a headache here or there or a sick kid, but reading about the suffering of others makes me feel so bad for complaining about anything. I’m almost ashamed at what I whine about and ask God for help with compared to what His other children go through all over the world. I’m not saying He doesn’t care, but I am saying He probably expects me to get through it being a little tougher than I am. There are so many more things to be thankful for than there are to stress or complain about.
I’m definitely planning to readjust my lens of what tough looks like and say thank you quite a bit more often. If you haven’t ready the book- I’d recommend it. But really just trying to think about what life would look like without almost everything you have (like drinking water- or food for that matter), might make you think a little more thankfully too.
Did you read the book? What were your thoughts? (No spoilers please-I’m not done yet!)