thru muffin tops and bad times — keep showing up

sounds like a book title doesn’t it?  Well it’s from a line in Eat, Pray, Love the movie combined with the ending of a speech Elizabeth Gilbert gave in 2009.

I really seriously loved the book even though it took me a couple of tries to initially get into it.  While the bit on India in the movie didn’t move along quite the way I expected, it was still a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it (the movie). Julia Roberts was perfect for the role.  Listen to Ms. Gilbert at the ’09 TED conference http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/  Really interesting speech she gave.  She’s very smart and funny — both things I admire greatly.

I can so imagine taking off a year to become closer to God and myself.  To really let go of some things and get some real inner peace.  (Although leaving behind all the great things in my life wouldn’t be an option) As it is, I’d settle for two weeks just to goggle at gorgeous Italian scenery!  I don’t picture this movie winning any awards except perhaps for cinematography — gorgeous scenery making me want to visit Italy more than ever.  I want to practice “La dolcezza di non fare niente” the art of doing nothing.

Also looking forward to “di attraversare” (crossing over…)  Go see it.  It’s really worth the questions it will raise if nothing more.

so I checked out her website (see above) and listened to the TED speech.  Wow.  “… the maddening capriciousness of creativity…”  Great line.  She ends with an ever better one.

“Don’t be afraid.  Don’t be daunted. Just do your job.  Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be.  If your job is to dance — do your dance.  If the divine cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed for just one moment through your efforts, then ole.  And if not, do your dance anyhow and ole to you nonetheless… Just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”

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One response to “thru muffin tops and bad times — keep showing up

  1. Angela

    Thanks again for inviting me to go and mostly for the therapy after. I really value as one of my close friends. I really APPRECIATE you and your non-judgemental personality. I love you!

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