Friday, February 22, 2008

Eat, Pray, Love

I recently finished the book "Eat, Pray, Love" and while I enjoyed it for the most part there were a couple things that really got my panties in a twist. Basically, the book is about a woman that in her early 30s who decides that she is miserable with her life and every aspect of it. She resolves to change it by going on a physical and personal journey around the world seeking inner peace and her relationship with God. She made reference early on in the book that if she didn't go on this journey, she would consume herself in grief and get cancer. Well, you can imagine my response....."Oh, is that how I get cancer? Someone should have told me that in Health Class and I could have avoided this WHOLE thing." WHATEVER! I was also annoyed at times at how completely clueless she was about what is important in life, but then, she never got the "cancer clarity" as I like to say it. Maybe that would have sped things up for her. Again, all in all I liked the book, and on one point she and I agree completely. In the last paragraph of the book she talks about being grateful for all that have helped in this journey. She said, "In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices." So, thank you, to my husband for getting up, getting my new pills, and holding me until I stop shaking from the cramping and the nausea and fall asleep, thank you for him making me get up to see the lunar eclipse from our bedroom window and telling me that it was just for me, thank you to my parents for welcoming my two young boys into their lives so completely, thank you to my friends that scrub my floors and toilets and feed my family, thank you to my family who come over for a birthday party and end up vacuuming before it starts, thank you to my girlfriends you drive me to home parties so that I can feel real sometimes, thank you to Kat for buying me the book, thank you for the notes, prayers, scrapbook scheduling, letters, pictures, funny emails, charms, DVDs, CDs, foot massages, lunch at chemo…..the list goes on forever and forever I will being saying thank you, sincerely, for as long as I have a voice. Love, Ang

2 comments:

auntie jane said...

Thank you for bringing joy and strength to so many lives. Jane

Anonymous said...

If you keep saying stuff like this you will soften me up to the point where I will forgive my enemies, then I will loose my membership in the league of "Good Irish Haters", (our motto is "don't get mad get even}. I encourage you to read more books about war, famine, pestilence and armageddon. See you this afternoon. love pat&mag