Saturday, May 15, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

So I am getting back to my old habits, right? One of them is reading. I've always been a bookworm, but I have always leaned towards fantasy and magic.

When a friend visited last month, she adamantly told me to read this "really good book" titled Eat, Pray, Love. For the life of me, I could never get the title of the book right. I would ask for it in the book store and say "Love, Eat, or something" (and some other weird combinations). I couldn't even remember the author. Needless to say, I had a difficult time getting my hands on a copy.

After a couple of weeks of searching, I forgot all about the book. Then last weekend, I went to Fully Booked to get my mom a Mother's Day present. As I was paying for her book, I suddenly caught a glimpse of this colorful book cover on the shelf behind the counter. It said "Eat, Pray, Love."

And just like that, I found the book.

I haven't gone past the first part - when Elizabeth Gilbert (that's her name!) stayed in Italy. For some reason, her description of herself just cuts through me. It stops me in my tracks and makes me think. It makes me put the book down and stare into space.

Then she talks about food. Heavenly rich Italian food. I start craving for something similar. I find myself at a restaurant downstairs, brooding. Then I pick up the book once more. The cycle starts again.

Is the book really good? I don't know. I can't pass judgment on it as I am not even halfway done. What I do know is that I am going to get through this night. I've eaten. I keep praying. And, I don't know if I should, but I will keep loving.

Now I go back to the Serenity Prayer, which has given me strength countless times.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

6 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read that book. Borrow, please?

    Let me know when you get to the Pray bit if you start wanting to take yoga! :D

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  2. Sure - if I ever get done. I keep stopping kasi!

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  3. I super enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much I stopped reading it when I was down to the last 10 pages cause I wanted more. There was nothing spectacular about the story. I just loved the way she put things into words.

    I was hooked the moment she talked about depression.

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  4. I'm still in Italy...bagal ko with this book.

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  5. That's so interesting. Just yesterday my sister recommended that I read this book! Well, I guess I'd better go ahead and buy a copy.

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  6. Holly, I think you'll enjoy this book. Her writing style reminds me of you!

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