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I saw that movie the other day.  You know, that movie.  The one whose title is three words, each a single syllable in length, having to do with food, God and um, lust.  The one based on the book that’s been on the top 100 on Amazon for 900 plus days.  Yes, the one that stars Julia Roberts.

Why do I speak in riddles, you ask?  Ok, maybe you didn’t ask, but I’ll tell anyway.  I speak in riddles because I would like to see what it’s like to hit this blog archive in the year, say 2528.  I imagine how they would puzzle over what exactly is she talking about.  I wonder would they still have acronyms for wth and lol or omg.  Surely we’ll still have acronyms by then.  I figure this blog piece will definitely merit a wth, probably less so an omg.  Maybe omg will be replaced by omrrr, short for oh my red roving robot.  Such stereotypical humor, I know.

I digress, my point and I do have one, is this movie.  I want to share with you some highlights in the form of one liners from it and then comment on a few.

“Americans know entertainment.  But they don’t know pleasure.”  (no comment on this one :)

“Select your thoughts, the way you select your clothes.”  Good one especially if you are a fashionista, if not, you’re s.o.l.  — just kidding!

“God dwells within you as you.”  Love this.  It reminds me of Thomas Mellon-Benedict, who, coming back from death and a “near death experience”, was told: Stop trying to become God, God is becoming you.

“The only way to heal is to trust.”  Ain’t that the truth!

“Run away from me and you run away from the possibilities of your own life.”  “Sometimes losing your balance for love is finding your balance for life.”

“Ruin is a gift.  Ruin is the road to transformation.”  I agree with this one, can’t say I love the word “ruined” though.  Abraham says they wish for us that we all go home and find our houses blown down.  They were referring to friends of Jerry and Esther’s whose house did blow down in a hurricane and how, in the ensuing months, it changed their lives for the better.

“I thank God for fear.”  Me, too!  For one, do you feel fear?  Check your pulse, you’re alive and able to feel it.  Wonderful!  Why are we so afraid of fear?  Was it Churchill who said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself?  I submit the only thing we have to fear is fear of fear.  Resistance to fear is fruitless.  Books are written every other day to teach us how to move beyond fear.  How about we move with it instead?

I learned something very valuable out of a book entitled “The Magician’s Way”.  It postulated the novel idea of allowing for failure and for worst case scenarios.   I’ve used this many times now and it’s always helped me make peace with my fears.  And I learned a lesson, too, from using it.  The author didn’t say imagine failure or worst case scenarios.  He didn’t say wallow in them either.  He also didn’t say take your worst case scenario and make it bigger, catastrophize it.  He also did not say take your worst case scenario and get in bed with it.   He merely suggested, allow for that worst case scenario possibility.  Acknowledge the possibility of failure or that worst case scenario.

Try it the next time you are afraid and see what you think.  I think it feels like having my fear without my fear having me.  And that literally feels like a breath of fresh air.

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Sitting down to read eat pray love is like eating a box of chocolates.  Can I eat just one?  Yes, I think I can.  The future headline reads: Woman breaks Guinness Book of World Records Longest Time to Read New York Times Bestseller.  I’ll put the award right next to my Emmy for Drama Queen. :)

You see, I once thought everything I needed to know, I really did learn in kindergarten.  That was really a sham developed by well meaning kindergarten teachers.  I’m fairly certain everything I need to know is really in this one little book: eat pray love.  And so I’m still reading, still savoring.  With any luck, I’ll still be blogging on this book well into the next generation.   And maybe by then we can come up with a name that doesn’t rhyme with flogging. :)  A girl can dream, can’t she?

Here’s a few one liners from the book, just to illustrate how much there is to learn:

“To know God, you need only to renounce one thing — your sense of division from God.”

“…the rules of transcendence insist that you will not advance even one inch closer to divinity as long as you cling to one last seductive thread of blame.”

“…what kind of prayer is this to imbibe: ‘give us this day our daily grudge?’ ”

“Guilt’s just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking that you are making moral progress.  Don’t fall for it, my dear.”

“God never slams a door in your face, without opening a box of girl scout cookies.”

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Ok, all you Eat, Pray, Lovers out there.  Get your book out and turn to page 149.  This is where Richard, the Texas yogi is telling ‘Groceries’ what a true soul mate is.  I’m gonna quote some of it below, but keep reading a few more pages cuz it’s pee your pants funny.  Especially when Richard tells Groceries she’s a control freak – her reaction: priceless!

…A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you
everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own
attention so you can change your life.  A true soul mate is probably the most
important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and
smack you awake.  But to live with a soul mate forever.  Nah.  Too painful.
Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself
to you, and then they leave.  And thank God for it.

(excerpted from Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert)

Oh, and the dog and the empty tin can part – also priceless!

If you don’t have the book, drop everything and go get it!  I’d loan you my
copy but as you can see I’m still reading it.  Yes, I know I started reading it
weeks ago.  But I’m savoring it.  My favorite thing is to savor.  Yup, that’s my
story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Love all, Bethie

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god & cookies

…God never slams a door in your face
without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies…

excerpted from Eat Pray Love/Elizabeth Gilbert

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