I previously wrote about how I was asked to comment on the book and movie “Eat Pray Love” and whether it was necessary for people to travel to transform. Naturally, despite all the travel I have done and the trips I take, I said “no.” Now that have seen the movie (and read the book) I must say that there are two very important messages in each:
- Follow your passions in a way that respects and nurtures yourself.
- Be willing to give up what you know for a new perspective on life.
Following passions can be as simple as taking a class, making time for a hobby, or giving yourself permission to try something that fulfills a dream. Getting a new perspective can be as simple as committing to be less reactive, judgmental, and more open-minded; take a different way home from work, meet new people outside your circle, explore foods, places, and perspectives you have been previously unwilling to consider. Whether you like the book or movie isn’t the issue, can you accept the lessons and make them work for you? Inspiration is a choice.