It’s not easy to impress me, but people have, with their passion or work ethic, their cleaning techniques and even the way they give and receive love. Most of the time, the light bulb doesn’t come on until long after they’re gone. From best friends to random students, former bosses and colleagues, I’m continuously influenced by a few people who have made an impact on me, especially in short amounts of time.
Recently, a friend was going through her books and set some aside to donate, one of which was Big Magic by one of the most famous memoirists, Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s about “Creative Living Beyond Fear.”
“Do you have the courage? Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes…The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.”
“This philosophy of creativity, in which ideas have willpower and are delivered to patient human beings in the correct state of mind, is a diluted riff on the “law of attraction” outlined in Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret,” another Oprah-anointed self-help book (and movie), in which “positive thinking” is said to attract positive outcomes. You get back the vibes you put out into the world. (New Age-y as this sounds, it also jibes with certain strands of religious belief, in which good fortune is visited upon the deserving.)” – The New York Times