“Always choose the path of curiosity over the path of fear.”
– Liz Gilbert
Author Elizabeth Gilbert takes the stage and immediately draws the hundreds of people watching her into her circle. From the moment she opens her mouth, it’s as if we’ve each been personally invited to join her for coffee and chat.
It takes a magnum personality to turn a venue of New Yorkers – moments ago all sucked into their own worlds – into a cohesive group; but that’s what she does. Funny, relatable, vulnerable and confident; you listen to Liz Gilbert and realize that no one else could have written Eat Pray Love with the same gusto, humble and humiliation. I watch Liz Gilbert (literally) hold our attentions for an hour with stories and life lessons; and by the time her talk is over, it feels as if I’ve been holding my breath.
I’m here to watch Liz Gilbert talk about her new book, Big Magic, which serendipitously landed in my lap while traveling in Indonesia this past August. A friend of mine, Kathryn of Becoming You, had listened patiently to me wax poetic one day about my struggle to write my first book (an ongoing process to this day). When I was done marinating in self-pity, Kathryn told me I had to read Big Magic, the book she was currently into. A day or two later, Kathryn gave me her copy.
Big Magic is one of those books that you feel an urgency to remember, to jot down every note and epiphany along the way. I had initially dismissed the book as being a “how to be creative guide for dummies;” instead, the book is a manifesto of creativity; an eye opener that shows its readers another way to live in tandem with their creative passions and the nuances of daily living. From tackling fear to spotting worthy ideas; Big Magic completely repositioned my thinking of what it means to be a writer. It took this image of the “tortured writer” I had carved into my mind and replaced it with the simple truth that I have a choice in my creativity. A choice to struggle or not, to be afraid or not, to enjoy the creative process or not, to make my life more difficult or not. What a revelation!
So for October book club, I invite each of you to read Liz Gilbert’s book, Big Magic. I hope it sends endlessness waves of transformation your way, the way it has mine.
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