What are you living for?

All this talk about Eat, Pray, Love has got me thinking. Many commend Gilbert for taking a journey to find herself. To find ‘solo joy’. Solo joy? Is that what we’ve come too, the path to finding oneself is a solo journey?

What about me??

The solo journey to self-discovery leads to what?

In the book, Gilbert begins off by taking us to her darkest moments. I am not trying to undermine someone going through depression. I could tell you some stories about my first year of marriage, and let me tell you what, it wasn’t pretty. That’s what happens when two selfish people get married, I suppose.

Let me share the first paragraph of a poem I read today:

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content;
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran –
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
– The House by the Side of the Road by Sam Walter Foss

Keep it Simple
I thought this beautiful because it says what is true in all of us: we need one another. I may not feel like loving people some days, but I do it for them. And I need them. I need my husband. I wouldn’t die without him, but I need him. I need my church family, I need my friends. I am not enough on my own. And you know what, I may need people and love people when I don’t want too, and there may be nothing special about it at all. But that doesn’t matter.

A person can start to live when he can live outside himself – Albert Einstein

Another great poem is How Did You Die? by Edmund Vance Cooke


4 thoughts on “What are you living for?

  1. Thanks for comment on the Cat Lady post. I didn’t know when I started if the person was really searching or not, so I tried. It generally leaves me doubting why I started. I appreciate the time you took to give a pat on the back. I need to remember to do that for others…in fact, I passed it on to others who tried to speak truth on that post this morning.

    This is a stirring post. I loved it. I hope those who seek to find Truth will stumble here and be blessed.

    I think it’s an interesting thing that to Christ, is IS all about us. Yet, in our heart hearts, it’s not all about us. I wrestled with this idea for some time trying to untangle that first ominous line of Purpose Driven Life.

    Keep writing! To make men think and explore is a high and worthy goal!

  2. Hey there! I found your blog in a roundabout way, through a comment on another blog, and I really like it. 🙂

    This post was interesting to me; I like your take on the whole “Eat, Pray, Love” phenomena of late. Have you read that book by chance (or seen the movie, for that matter)? I do not plan to see the movie, but I did read the book. I have to say, I was unimpressed with it, for the very reasons you mention. It left a lonely, sad taste in my mouth, so to speak. Because, yep, we need people, and this is a big problem in current society. It’s increasingly easier and easier to live in solitude and “communicate” without leaving one’s house. I don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone that’s reading this, so I won’t say much … but I think maybe Ms. Gilbert DID find this out a little bit, albeit the hard way (well, if you call traveling the world, writing and eating for a living HARD… haha). She did go through a lot of heartache and loneliness, much of which was her own doing as can be said for many of us.

    Great blog!

    • I am so glad you stopped by!! And yes, I did read the book. There is a certain lust-effect it has after one has finished reading the last page. But I still wondered about the people she left behind. I might Netflix the movie, but I won’t support it in the big screens. Again, so glad you stopped by!

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