This Elizabeth Gilbert TED talk came into my path today. As you know Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the amazing Eat, Pray, Love and several other books. She delivered this TED talk in 2009 about musings on the topic of creativity. I pulled my copy of Eat, Pray, Love off the shelf and noticed I used a highlighter and pen to mark up the book. I typed some of my favorite book quotes below. Reacquainting myself with the book seemed to be just what I needed today.
“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”“Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.”
And, this favorite!
“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 it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”