Monday, April 19, 2010

this book may possibly change my life.

... "the lending of a hand from me to myself when nobody else is around to offer solace---

reminds me of something that happened to me once in New York City. I walked into an elevator. As I rushed in, I caught an unexpected glimpse of myself in a security mirror's reflection. In that moment my brain did an odd thing-- it fired off this split second message: "Hey! You know her! That's a friend of yours!" And I actually ran forward toward my own reflection with a smile, ready to welcome that girl whose name I had lost but whose face was so familiar. In a flash instant, of course, I realized my mistake and laughed in embarrassment at my almost dog like confusion over how a mirror works. But for some reason that incident comes to mind again tonight during my sadness in Rome, and I find myself writing this comforting reminder at the bottom of the page:



Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend."

-p 55

eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert

image from restart my heart



42 comments:

Jayne said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE "Eat Pray Love"! I'm glad you're enjoying it, Micaela! I always seem to agree with your taste in books :)

kittycat said...

ah i love this! i think i need to read this book!

oh and the movie with shannyn sossamon is wristcutters: a love story!! SO good. check it out!! :)

xo tiffany

Erin said...

I bought myself a copy yesterday. Hope to start it this coming weekend... I trust you, dear M, so I'm sure I'll love it!

Claire Kiefer said...

Your posts about this book makes me want to re-read Eat, Pray, Love . . . or maybe it would be more productive to go out and get her second book! When I read E, P, L, I was totally overwhelmed by the desire to wander around Italy and Bali and India . . . what a luxury!

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I just started reading this and loved the eat part. Just now getting into the second part of the boook.

Megan said...

Gosh I love that book! Glad your enjoying it and seeing its reflection in your life.

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

great quote

Nobody said...

Wow ! I love this...
I needed that reminder today... Thank you so much ..

-Tanu

Ruxandra said...

That book literally changed my life.I read it twice.I will for sure read it again...
Are you excited for the movie?

Julia said...

that book was so unbelievably good. i do want to see the movie, but i already know it'll never live up to her amazing way of finding the exact right words for sentiments i've always had but never knew i was harboring until someone else gave them a voice.

Kristin said...

WOW. How have I not read this yet?

Sandra said...

I HAAAVE to read that book!
I saw the movie trailer, and I just knew I'd be adding it to my To Read list!!

sigh, what a lovely quote!

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Oh Micaela! I've just read ...or so I feel's latest post, and that was enough to set me off all weepy - and now this! Between you you've managed to break my heart so beautifully this morning. I said to Marisa that I'm still looking for someone to relate her Monday song to...your post has made me think a little deeper about that.

Have a wonderful day :-)

littlemissjuicy said...

I love the book and all the quotes in it!

JenRem said...

Isn't this book amazing? I just posted the movie trailer to my blog yesterday because I'm so obsessed with it. Want to go see it together? :)

Meghan said...

Oh, this just gave me chills. I love this book and cannot wait for the movie!

MArisa said...

m - i am so glad you are reading what was my favorite book of last year. There are so many parts that just get me in my soul and I think after the one you just quoted, I must go back and re-read this amazing story... you and me bestie...

Carrie said...

Aww. This made me smile.

I haven't started this book yet, but it's on the list. I'm glad to hear good things about it. ;)

Jamie said...

One of my fave books! Love this!

Melita said...

it is definitely a life changing book. i took forever to finish it simply because i didn't want it to end and i savored every single word. can't wait to watch the movie. hugs!!

brlracincwgrl said...

I am currently reading this book right now and am absolutely loving it!

Ellen said...

Eat, Pray, Love very well could change your life. It's just a fantastic book - one of my absolute faves! Are you planning to see the movie? I am! :)

Risti Megan said...

Thanks for the reminder! I often forget to see the good in myself. And p.s. so excited to see the movie!

ali said...

It is such a great book. I am in the middle of reading it as well.
Oh, and the other book I am reading that is so beautifully written and just wonderful is called The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss.

Anna said...

i read this book quite a long time ago, but you just reminded me why i loved it so.

i hope your enjoying it :)

Sarah said...

this book is most definitely life changing...but i definitely think you have to be in the right mindset to read it.... definitely one of my top favs

Cassie said...

I haven't heard of it but might just have to invest in a copy pronto!
xx

Tillie said...

I brought this book months ago and havent read it! I suck! haha.

Ah well,

I love the quote alot though.

kaileenelise said...

oh micaela! i love "eat pray love" so much. what a great quote... i've written in my journal for safe keeping. xo, ♥kaileenelise

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i have a crazy reflection story... a few years ago, chris, our friend charles and i went to VA beach for the weekend, and they talked me into going in a haunted house. i'm terrified of those things. so we walked around a corner, and i saw this girl coming toward me and i jumped, screamed and grabbed chris for dear life, then i realized it was my own reflection. sad, huh?!?

i hope you have a good day tomorrow!

tinypaperheart said...

what a beautiful quote. and a perfect picture to go with it. :)

Cynthia said...

I never got a chance to finish eat pray love, for some reason while i was in the middle of it I lent it to my aunt and she never returned it but from what I read i loved it!

that quote is a great reminder, oh how we forget ourselves in the the everyday crazies of life

Lauren Nicole said...

oh my goodness. so beautiful. i think i'm going to have to give in myself and read this. <3
- L

Sam Harvey Handbags said...

this is an example of a powerful post that is simple and to the point. very refreshing!

Gracie said...

Ohh that is just beautiful! I think I've had a moment like this before but not often :)

I must get this book. It sounds wonderful. And I'm sure I will enjoy it.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I can't stop blogging about this book. CANT STOP. It's amazing amazing!!! xoxoxo

Me said...

I have not yet read "Eat, Pray, Love". This book sounds like a fantastic one. Thanks so much for posting this little blurb.

Ellen said...

Thanks so much for the sweetest comment EVER on my blog - you made my day! :) You may have also seen that this post inspired my post about the movie coming out. I hope you're still loving the book!

Melissa Allam said...

That sounds kinda good. I was never really interested in reading that book, I think for my own faith based reasons, but you really like it? Maybe I will go see the movie.

I've still been thinking of you often, but my schedule is so crazy and I know we all are but I just wanted to let you know that you are a very beautiful woman who was created in the image of God and he loves you so much and wants so much for you and is calling you to himself. I've haven't gotten my act together yet, but I will be posting hopefully this week the very heartfelt gift your brother sent and the one you sent me too. I'm going to send him another card too. If you get a chance, you can let him know that what he sent meant so much to me, it brought tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful family. Have a wonderful week. xoxo M.

Erin said...

Micaela-
I miss you! This going back to work thing is really cramping your style! (just kidding, I think it's awesome that you're back at work and enjoying your fab new job! I do miss you though...)

Half way to the weekend!
xoxo E

Brandi said...

Ok. I need to read this book.
And I love little moments like that -- when you see yourself in a mirror or on a video and it doesn't immediately register as being you.

Well Nice Chels said...

I totally dog eared that page when I read that book :)

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