One of the books that I read whilst on holiday was Eat Pray Love, written by Elizabeth Gilbert. Religion features quite heavily throughout the novel, and as it isn’t a part of my life, at times I found it rather difficult to relate to the book. However, there was one very specific extract that stood out for me, just one paragraph, but I found myself thinking ‘Yes, I understand, this makes perfect sense to me’. It was as if this paragraph was detailing exactly what this blog means to me, exactly what I made the conscious decision to do when I realised that I was unhappy. It was the perfect way to put across how I feel about my own journey, and the words were written for me.
“I keep remembering one of my Guru’s teachings about happiness. She says that people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment.”