Saturday, June 25, 2011

Journey insights from "Eat Pray Love"

Today I watched the movie, Eat, Pray, Love, for the second time. At the end of the movie, Liz Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts), shares a concluding observation about her "truth-seeking" journey in life (note - this isn't necessarily a spoiler, but skip reading this if you'd rather read the book or watch the movie first)...

"In the end, I've come to believe in something I call "The Physics of the Quest." A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you."-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

I can think of countless times that I have gone on an "internal" or "external" journey in my life. It can be scary and overwhelming at times. In the end, forgiveness and acceptance is always key to our growth (yes, cheesy - but true).

If you are on a journey right now (whether it be spiritual, career, health, or relationship related) and are questioning your progress, take some time to think about your levels of acceptance and forgiveness (both with yourself and others), and openness to knowledge from others along the way. Once we are able to address those areas, it's so much easier to move forward.

Cheers to some good food for thought on a Saturday afternoon! Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert.

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