Being married with 3 daughters, it’s safe to assume that when we all gather to watch a movie, it’s not going to be an action blockbuster. Not even a foreign film with subtitles or anything that requires more than an emotional investment. I’m not complaining. I’m more well-rounded and can always blame the girls when I publicly admit to watching romantic comedies.
My oldest daughter is an avid reader. One of her absolute favorite books is ‘Eat Pray Love‘, so it’s no surprise that the movie, based (loosely) on the book, was selected for a holiday movie night. Suffice it to say, the movie did not live up to the book. However, there was a narration at the end that really hit me. A memorable quote of cinematic wisdom.
There is a wonderful Ted Talks with Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity. It’s hands down, one of the most inspiring creative truths I’ve heard in decades. I encourage you to listen to it. Sadly, my daughter assures me this narration in the movie was nowhere to be found in her book.
On the last day of the year, I’d like to share this quote with you.
In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest”. A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of quest physics goes something like this:
If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything, from your house to bitter old resentments, and set out on a truth seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself. Then the truth will not be withheld from you.
This past year has been quite a journey. With winter settling in, there will be lots of time to share highlights from last years travels, professional and personal work. Thank you gentle reader for your continued support. Blessings and peace to you and your family as we close another chapter in the book of life.