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I've been loving the first few pages of Eat Pray Love, my friends. I can see why you all cherish her story. I think we all can look back on our life and remember vividly those "ah hah" moments where we knew a big change needed to happen. In retrospect, I can see such raw growth from these decisions. Mostly derived from pain or being way out of my comfort zone. Whether it was the ending of a relationship, a big move across the country alone, a trip across the world (again alone) or a huge career change...they've all molded me into the person I am today and for that, I am so grateful.
This current journey I am on isn't any different. I am still in awe of the lessons I learn each day while walking this path. I don't think I've ever loved myself as much as I do now. I am not talking about an ego-centric, narcissistic love. I mean learning to stop judging my thoughts and feelings. Being more gentle with me. More patient with my needs. More forgiving of my faults and accepting of my weaknesses. More true to myself and therefore, more true to my loved ones.
Even in those moments when I almost stop believing...I hear that still small voice of a little girl named Denise saying that I can do this. I can do this book called life and I can do it draped in vivid colors. Keep moving, keep dancing, keep picking myself up if I fall.
Moving Forward. Open. Free. Love.
I have a feeling that is what happens on Elizabeth Gilbert's journey in her book. She learns how to fall in love with herself all over again. No wonder we all crave this wisdom and experience.
I'll share more thoughts as I dig deeper into her words.