“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat 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. 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.”— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
My sister told me about this book a long time ago and for whatever reason, I resisted reading it for the longest time. I think the thought of reading about someone that had a life altering epiphany scared the hell out of me. When the movie came out, I think I rescheduled a few times to see it with her and when I finally did go, she did what all big sisters do…..she held my hand throughout the movie and let me cry.
I know it sounds silly to have a movie impact you so greatly, I thought so too, so I bought the book thinking there had to be something different….something lost in translation and I was just awed by the scenery and magnificence of the big screen. Nope! No such luck…the book was just as good, just a little more in depth. I can’t wait to buy the movie, the DVD comes out next week and I’m sure it’s one of those that you get more out of every time you watch it.
The quote above just about describes where I am in my life. I’m taking back control of the things I stopped controlling a long time ago. I’m choosing to take my life back and no longer leaving my decisions up to others to make for me and then getting upset when things don’t go my way. How can I teach my girls to be strong women, if I can’t even do it for myself? So this is me…..off to take control of my life…..