Showing posts with label Eat Pray Love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eat Pray Love. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wishbone and Backbone

Photo: facebook.com/eatpraylove

Hello Optimists,

I've been seeing so many new movie trailers on TV lately and it gives me just one more reason to be super excited for summer. Iron Man 2 premieres in just a few days, Sex and The City 2 kicks off at the end of the month, Toy Story 3 hits the big screen in June, Little Fockers opens at the end of July, and then, the moment we've all been waiting for (or at least, the moment I've been waiting for), Eat Pray Love opens in theaters August 13!

I've blogged about Eat Pray Love before (see Copy Cats and You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid) so you already know that I'm a huge fan. Not only am I looking forward to seeing the wonderfully inspiring and raw tales from book come to life, but I am also so excited to see Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco star in the film. I've been trying to keep up with any news about the movie, and recently I paged through the "official stills" from the set and watched the new trailer that was just released. Needless to say, I am beyond excited.

The book told an incredible true story of a woman who lost her appetite for life and took a year to travel through Italy, India, and Indonesia to find herself again. The story touched on all of the things she had learned by taking on this journey of a lifetime, but after reading through the pages, I realized that I too had learned some things about life. It's such a refreshing take on the sometimes unexpected ways we find happiness and really offers up a new way of perceiving our lives. Take a minute to watch the trailer if you haven't already, and I bet you'll see why I'm so excited for this premiere...



As I was reading the book, I marked the pages that I thought offered up some good advice, and by the time I was finished, more than half of the pages' edges were folded down. I thought I would share one more little quote from the book that I stored away because I thought it had incredible power.
You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Robert, in Eat Pray Love
I thought this was a really profound statement and something we should all think about. It reminds us that we need to have that "go get 'em" attitude, that we've got to be strong and stand up for the things we believe in. We can't be just wishing and hoping that things will come to be, but rather, we should be making the things we want to see happen become a reality. This is one of the many great quotes I took from the book, and it shows just how much we can all learn from the search for the true meaning of life that this author took. If you haven't already done so, pick up a copy of the book...you will not be disappointed. And I bet you too will be counting down the days until the movie release!

If you have read Eat Pray Love, what was your reaction? Did it inspire you to go on your own personal journey to find meaning in your life? And if you haven't read it yet, do you plan on reading it before the movie or will you just wait until the film comes out?

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Copy Cats



Hello Optimists,

I'm a big proponent of individualism. I think it's really important for all of us to learn to stand on our own two feet and fend for ourselves, but sadly I've learned that not many people are capable of doing this. On the same note, I also think it is very important for us to live our own lives, not trying to be like someone else. Where's the fun in that? Seriously, we need to be able to be our own person and let the world see why each of us is awesome.

I started thinking about all of this when I came across a quote I saved from one of my favorite books. I know I've mentioned it before..and I'll do it again because if you haven't read it, please do. Today's quote comes from Eat Pray Love and is really one of my favorites.

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of someone else's life with perfection. -Eat Pray Love


Couldn't have said it better myself. By living your life as though you are someone else, you are doing yourself a disservice. Your life is your chance to shine, to show the world what you've got, what you're made of, and what makes you you. And if you aren't exactly perfect at doing that, it's ok! (I mean, who is, really?) But saying "I did this and this and this just like Angelina Jolie" won't do much to make you unique...because well, Angie already did it, and there are probably thousands of others trying to do the same. But doing things your own way and making a name for yourself will definitely make you stand out, and the only name in lights will be yours. How great is that?! So remember, as my second grade self would say, no copy-cats allowed.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

Friday, December 4, 2009

"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid"

Hello Optimists,

'Tis the season for the question "What do you want for Christmas?" and I think I'm past the point of response of "My two front teeth" and I know better than to ask for a BB gun, because as everyone knows, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid". I'm even past the point of wanting a million toys and dolls and games...in fact, my list has really dwindled. That's not to say I've lost my Christmas spirit. I haven't, not at all. I am just really getting to the point of enjoying the holidays for other reasons than what lies beneath our Christmas tree. I really do appreciate being with my friends and family, and I have found that the joy of the season really comes from these special moments.

But I don't think there's anyone out there who doesn't like getting gifts. Come on now, you know you love it. There's just something great about tearing through that paper and ripping open the box to find a special little gift someone was thoughtful enough to get you. But, in order for it to be the perfect gift, it has to have some meaning behind it. For me, the perfect gift to give is..(drumroll, please)... a book. Okayyyyy, so maybe that makes me sound like huge dork, but stay with me here.

Think about it: there are millions of books out there and every one can be a perfect gift for someone you love. It doesn't matter the person's interest, beliefs, or hobbies...there's a book out there for everyone. It's an easy way to for you to spread love, fun stories, advice, or spark a new interest in your friends- but no matter what it does, it represents your special relationship with that person and is a gift that has real meaning. Books are now pretty much the only things on my "list" to give or to get and Amazon has become my new best friend. Today's quote comes from one of my favorite books, Eat Pray Love:

You were given life. It is your duty, and also your entitlement as a human being, to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. 


And that's just one line. Imagine how good the whole book is! It should be our goal everyday to find something beautiful within life, and believe me, we are given the opportunity to do just that probably a hundred times a day. It could be anything that makes you smile, makes others smile, or that just makes you feel alive. It is our job to acknowledge these great things in life and stop taking things for granted. This is such a great quote from an incredibly great book- a book that really inspired me to dig to find something deeper in life. Now this is a book to give someone (and to put on your list too!). I've put the Amazon listing of some of my favorites to share with you... so as you're writing to Santa, be sure to include some of those titles. And if your letter is already en-route to the North Pole, they make a great "To: Me, From: Me" gift too, I promise.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist