Monday, July 14, 2008

Overwhelmed...tears in my eyes...

On Oct. 12, 1972, a rugby team left Montevideo, Uruguay, to fly to Santiago, Chile, for a game. Nando Parrado was one of those rugby players. There were 45 people on the plane, The Fairchild. The plane crashed in the Andes. Those that survived the crash did not know they would have to find a way to survive high up in the Andes for 72 grueling days.

Miracle In The Andes by Nando Parrado, is a book
that tells the amazing true story that will move anyone with a heart. I got the privilege to hear Nando speak a few years ago. The room was filled with a few thousand people. Everyone was so focused on each word Nando spoke that you could have heard a pin drop in the room that day. To hear Nando tell about his friends, family members and people he just met about this unexpected moment of his life was very emotional for me. This book had been sitting on my book shelf for about two years. I finally decided it was time to read the story. When I finished this book my feelings of grief just overwhelmed me. I felt such loss for all those who lost their lives. The story of survival is one of the most heart wrenching realities I have ever heard.

So many life lessons can be learned from reading this book. If you never give up you can do anything you want. If someone else tries to steal your dreams and give up on themselves never give up on you. You are the one constant in this whole vast world. Go out and be a are the one in control of your destiny. Love conquers all. Without love what is your purpose. Having someone to share your hopes, dreams and reality is what truly makes the world a better place for everyone.

Create A Great Week...I hope one day you will have time to read this book.



Sharon said...

Shelley, I believe they made a movie about this book and I had a chance to see it.

It is very sad indeed and it's proof that we should never give up on what is important to us.

Shea said...

wow, that is a great review,

Jeanne May said...

I can understand your reaction to his interview and reading the book. I haven't read this particular story... similar accounts of incredible courage of success against all the odds move me so much, as they do for many people.

As you say... many life lessons can be learned from listening to this story. The biggest life lesson for me is that even under the most horrendous circumstances the strongest part of any person is his or her spirit.

Jeanne May

G said...

The movie, I belive, is called ALIVE.
Left a permanent impression on me. I will never forget this quote from the movie..."are we supposed to be flying so close to the mountains?".
Cannibalism also helps keep things engraved into my mind. :P

Gerri said...

I didn’t read the book but I watched the movie about the whole ordeal. That was an extremely difficult situation to go through and some of the decisions they made took a lot of courage. Something like that is definitely a life changing event. If I were in their shoes and survived the ordeal I don’t know what would become of me. It would either really build my character or push me over the edge.

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