Where the Crawdads Sing

I know I’m late to the party, but I just finished Where The Crawdads Sing and loved it.

When I finish a book I try to take time to reflect on what I learned and what it meant to me. Without spoiling the book here are my takeaways:

1. Judgement is so ugly. It’s unfair that we form opinions, biases and shape people into who and what we think they are just by their looks. When we do this we put up an invisible wall that makes getting to know the real them impossible.

2. Take time to be fully present and enjoy all that nature has to offer us. I personally find myself getting caught up in wanting “beautiful” material things. To fill this need I don’t need to go shopping, I need to step out into the beauty that is nature and really see it. Leave my phone at home and take mental pictures. Smell the early morning dew or blooming flowers. Feel the leaves under my feet or snowflakes hit my nose. This is true beauty and it’s much more healing than anything money can buy.

3. Trust is hard to rebuild. If you do something to break trust with someone you love you cannot expect for that trust to be rebuilt overnight. It may take years or honestly, it may never be rebuilt. By breaking the trust you are willing to take on that risk.

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