“At some point, you got to let go, sit down, and allow contentment to come to you.” This is one of the many things that Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love explores. Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author and journalist. She is one of the most sought-after public speakers.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth is a book that you return to innumerable times because each time you read it you learn something new. This book has also been adapted as a biographical drama starring Julia Roberts.
Here are five lessons that we love from this book:
Forget about being fearless, and be curious instead
Being fearless is not what is required. Many times, people who are fearless tend to forget to access the risk-success ratio. What is required in life is to become more curious. The great thing about curiosity – you can do it in tiny doses and get such huge results. If you can wake up every single day and ask yourself ‘what tiny little thing am I curious about?’ and allow yourself to follow it even for a quarter of an inch, it will improve your life.
Be thankful for fear
Feeling fearful is natural, you need to learn to be thankful for it: ‘I understand you’re trying to protect me. You’re the ultimate bodyguard of my life.’ This might sound a bit off, but once you start applying this rule, you will feel your habits and life shift for the better. We don’t appreciate how fear has kept us alive this long. We’re all here because, at some point, our fear said, “Don’t get in the car with that. Don’t walk down that street. Don’t go into the water, you’re not a strong enough swimmer.” We owe our fear our lives. Start by saying ‘Thank you, I appreciate all the ways you’ve saved my life. But right now, I don’t need you.’ Create an ongoing friendship with fear.
Stop waiting for a guarantee
Having trouble believing that the universe would actually give you the result that you want? It might not. There is no certainty. You do not know where the adventure is going to take you. If you want to know how the adventure ends, you’re never going to start it. You may not find what you wanted to find; however, you will definitely know a great deal more about yourself at the end of the journey than at the beginning. Don’t avoid going on that journey because you might be disappointed. Know that all of it is part of the journey.
Know the difference between quitting and surrendering
Quitting and surrender are two very different things. Quitting sounds like ‘I don’t feel like it, I’d rather watch Downton Abbey. It’s hard, I’m bored.’ Surrendering sounds like ‘I’ve come to the end of my power and have nothing else I can do and nothing else to give.’ The most beautiful experiences of life come from surrendering. When you surrender, you recognise that you’re not the most powerful force in the universe; you let go and accept whatever happens next.
Stop waiting and find your tribe
There’s a lot of talk about finding a mentor, someone who will give you the right guidance. But what is more important is to find a peer group of like-minded people. If you get people together who are powerless, unsuccessful, and striving, and you show up for each other then you become your own mentor group. When your tribe doesn’t exist yet, you may need to be the person to be the founding member of the group. If the thing you need doesn’t exist, create it. That’s the ultimate creativity.
Who is this book for?
This book is for all those who want to make the most of their life. It’s for those who want to guide their creativity in the right direction. There is no specific age group to read this book. The language is simple and the storytelling is explicit.
Where can you get it?
Eat, Pray, Love is available in all the major bookstores offline and online.
Book Title: Eat, Pray, Love
Publication: Penguin Books
This book is a must-read if you’re feeling stuck and need a creative lift.