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Monday, 8 July 2013

298/365 - The search for contentment (Elizabeth Gilbert)


“As I focus on diligent joy, 
I also keep remembering
 a simple idea
 my friend Darcey told me once --
 that all the sorrow and trouble
 of this world 
is caused by unhappy people.

 Not only in the big global
 Hitler-'n'-Stalin picture,
but also on the smallest personal level.

 Even in my own life,
I can see exactly
where my episodes of unhappiness
have brought suffering
or distress or (at the very least)
inconvenience
 to those around me.

 The search for contentment is,
 therefore,
not merely a self-preserving
and self-benefiting act,
 but also a generous gift to the world.

Clearing out all your misery
gets you out of the way.

 You cease being an obstacle,
not only to yourself
but to anyone else.

 Only then are you free
to serve and enjoy
other people.”

- Elizabeth Gilbert
  Eat, Pray, Love


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