I was stunned by how poignant my latest summer read, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, was for me at this time in my life. What a fantastic book about self discovery and about living! As I read, I thought about how we all battle individual demons that say, "you're not as good as so-and-so" or "you should be making this choice" or "that's selfish." And all we are all really maybe trying to do is be ourselves and live our individual destinies.
Funny, in the whole hilarious, uplifting, moving book, I was most struck by a small pair of sentences in her afterword:
"In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe its wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long we have voices."
Um, yeah. What she said.
P.S. Thanks TPR!