A brilliant book – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is the author’s account of her (physical and spiritual) journey following her bitter divorce and disastrous rebound fling. She travels to Italy (Eat), India (Pray) and Indonesia (Love).
Whilst in India she realises that Destiny is “a play between divine grace and wilful self-effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequence.”
With regard to increasing the odds of finding contentment she says: “I can decide how I spend my time, who I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I eat and read and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life – whether I will see them as curses or opportunities (and on the occasions when I can’t rise to the most optimistic viewpoint, because I’m feeling too damn sorry for myself, I can choose to keep trying to change my outlook). I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all I can choose my thoughts.” She comes to this realisation after a friend says: “If you want to control things in your life work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control. Drop everything else but that. Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever.”
The book is being made into a film starring Julia Roberts and is due for release in 2011. It remains to be seen whether the film is true to the book.