A thought toward a New Year’s Resolution for 2011

In Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love, she says, “People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result 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.”

I didn’t exactly love Eat, Pray, Love. I wanted to hate it in fact, but found myself grudgingly enjoying it, mostly because of the protagonist’s ability to take an interest in other people.

I think this is what people mean when they say, “Get over yourself.” She occasionally got over herself, with the result that she was able to be open to new experiences, including making new friends.

This is definitely a skill I want to take with me through life. So even though I’m not a 100% fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s first book, I’m going to take a page from it and make a personal effort toward happiness in 2011.

What about you? What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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