02 September 2010

eat.pray.love

i read the book by elizabeth gilbert probably 4 years ago. long before any of this hype about the movie and julia roberts. it was a book that the minute i closed the back cover, i knew that every woman needed to read it. and i was very vocal about that belief. and i still stand firm.

i saw the movie a couple of weeks ago. i was nervous because this book had a huge impact on me and i didn't want the movie adaptation to spoil that for me.

it didn't have the 'grit' that the book had. you didn't really see the low of the lows that elizabeth explains so beautifully, intimately and painfully in the book and i don't think you see the moment that she realizes the impact her journey has had on her.

as per usual, the movie is never as good as the book.

however, when i initially read the book i pulled a few quotes and wrote them in my quote book and was simply delighted that they used them, word for word, in the movie.

"to lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life"

"this is a good sign--having a broken heart. it means we tried for something"

but my favorite line from the entire book was not in the movie, but i love it so much i'm going to share it with you anyway. i think it is something that we tend to forget as we get wrapped up in life. so many people (myself included) have this false belief that happiness is something we are rewarded, but i think what elizabeth's priceless advice could change the way you live your life. it has mine.

happiness is the consequence of personal effort.
you fight for it
strive for it
and insist upon it.

are you fighting, striving and insisting upon your own happiness?

7 comments:

Spirituality 101- self preservation said...

I enjoyed reading all of your posts; yet as a reading educator and an artist, I liked your views on Eat, Pray, Love best.I love the quote on insisting upon happiness too (easier said than done too!). I love how you write, its upbeat and fun. I am now following your blog; I hope you'll check mine out and do the same!

kris2353 said...

Its so funny how a book can have different impacts on different people. I too read Eat Pray Love way before there was even talks of it becoming a movie. However... I HAD to put it down. I found it so hard to get through the Pray portion, therefore i didn't finish it.When the movie came out I fell in love with it. It is by far one of my favourite movies and I think every woman should see it. Now if I could get my hands on a copy of the book... I'd try it again! :)

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