Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Band wagon fan

Recently I finished the book, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I wasn't going to read it, intentionally, because it had gained so much hype. I always do that. I didn't watch the show Friends until it was nearly in syndication, and then of course I realized that all of those fans were right -- it's a great show. Well, same thing with this book. The hype is right on. My Mom actually gave me the book, insisting I would love it. And I did.

Here's one of my favorite passages (which really has little to do with the story line, but I love it anyways):

"I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, "There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over in history. How much do you love me? And Who's in charge?" Everything else is somehow manageable.

Love and control. Go figure. When I reflect on the arguments of my past, these two topics sure stand out. So really I'm not fighting or arguing, I'm being historically accurate. Wouldn't want to let history down by fighting over silly things like what to eat for dinner, or how to dress the kids.

If you're not one of the 40 million (made that number up) who have already discovered the book...read it, give it as a gift, donate it, leave it on a doorstep. It's unforgettable.


Cheri said...

Your mom gave it to me too. I could fill your blog's comments section with my favorite quotes, and I only just got to Indonesia. Italy was fun and India was healing, for Liz and me. Can't wait to see what's next for us.

Love your blog, BTW. :)

Trish said...

I have found a few really soul soothing things in this book but my favorite quote is: Only Those Who See the Invisible, Can Do The Impossible. Don't be surprised if you see it on your Christmas Cards. :-)