I would say this week was quite the roller coaster of events and emotions. The irony of these mixed emotions was I spent a good part of the week riding roller coasters at Disney World. The blog post earlier in the week mentioned about how I am a big believer of signs and this week brought quite a few. For some odd reason upon taking off to go out of town on none of my movies would play. I, therefore, used the opportunity to listen to an audiobook which I hadn't finished yet, Night, by Ellie Wiesel. For those that do not know this story, it is a tragic story about a father and his son in the Nazi Concentration Camps trying to survive together. I chose this book because the path and message lately have been about gratitude. This book displays gratitude at its highest levels. I am not sure the timing was great though listening to this book before this vacation because I felt guilty the entire time listening to it. I did not feel right being on a leisure trip own Dad at Disney World, while this kid in this book is living the ultimate hell with his father? This book was so dark but the author managed to find a positive in nearly every traumatic moment.
I do not know what sums up this book better than the following quote. "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky." The message I got from this book was we never know what tomorrow brings, and always have gratitude for the things we are most thankful in our lives.
This weeks read:
Facing Your Giants - Max Lucado