Sunday, September 27, 2009

the words in my head

I'm a super size Oprah fan. I love her - simple as that.

Now I'm not an Oprah book club fan. In theory I love the idea but my time is limited and my taste in books can be a bit different from her standard selections. Many moons ago when she suggested Eat, Pray, Love it didn't even register on my radar. Then she had the author on her show and I was mesmerized. She had such a wonderful energy that I was instantly hooked. It took me a pretty long time to read the book but I was willing to wait for my life's transformation. If you are out of the loop on this one that was deal, this was the book that would catapult your life to another level and I was on board.

I won't say too much about the book other then I was greatly disappointed. Without the hype I may have liked it more but there was so much buzz and all that chatter left me wanting more then what I got. There were little gems here and there that left me in deep thoughts. I absolutely love when that happens but there weren't enough of those moments. I'm pretty self aware so a lot of this seemed elementary but I am happy I read the book and I'm happy to have the few gems that I did discovered. If you have the paperback version, read page 177. Everything on that page just sits with me and I often think back to what she wrote in that chapter and I find myself leaning on those words more and more as I seek out my next step. Here's a quick snippet:

Man is neither entirely a puppet of the gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he's a little of both. We gallop through out lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side-by-side horses-one foot is on the horse called "fate," the other on the horse called "free will." And the question you have ask every day is-which horse is which? Which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it's not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?

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