I continue to read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert for my book group this month. Here's another little excerpt:
I am so surprised sometimes to notice that my sister is a wife and a mother, and I am not. somehow I always thought it would be the opposite. I thought it would be me who would end up with a houseful of muddy boots and hollering kids, while Catherine would be living by herself, a solo act, reading alone at night in her bed. we grew up into different adults than anyone might have foretold when we were children. It's better this way, though, I think. Against all predictions, we've each created lives that tally with us. Her solitary nature means she needs a family to keep her from loneliness; my gregarious nature means I will never have to worry about being alone, even when I am single.
This is another one of those paragraphs that struck me as true for me. I look around my life, with the whirl of activities, people and sheer "things to do" and think, "How did a loner get so involved in all this stuff?"
But then I have to admit that God's plans are better than mine would have been. (Why I am always surprised about this is another question!) He has given me the things that have made me happy, and they are not what I would have ever considered doing/being/having when I was so wise (ahem) at 18 or 20 or 25.
I'm finding a lot that's interesting in Eat, Pray, Love. More than I thought I would when I picked up the book. Do I agree with her spiritual path? Oh, no. She's one of those "we all believe the same, deep down" folks. And I think that is manifestly untrue. BUT, her questions, her seeking, her drive for a relationship with God? THAT I can empathize with and see myself in. I don't think it's always necessary for us to agree with an author to get something out of the book.
I'm not necessarily recommending the book. But I am saying it's not being a bad read.
I'm also reading These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. It's fab, as always.
And I'm fixing to start (that's a Texas colloquialism, ya know) a biography of Padre Pio for my spiritual reading.
Hope you're reading something good!