This weekend I finally saw the movie adaption of one of my favorite books, Eat, Pray, Love. It’s been a few years since I read it, but this soliloquy at the end of the movie reminded me why I loved it so much…
“I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call ‘The Physics of The Quest’ – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself….then truth will not be withheld from you. Or so I’ve come to believe.”
I think this concept of Quest Physics is key to moving beyond whatever “gray” you’re facing. We saw it with Sean Aiken, who worked 52 one-week jobs in search of a career he’s passionate about and we’re seeing it with lost girls Jen, Amanda, Holly who left the security of their NYC media jobs to travel the world and figure out if the standard marriage and motherhood route is truly for them.
Most of us have at least one thing that stirs inside us – something we wish we could change or pursue – whether it be related to work, a certain relationship, health, wealth, or some other aspect of life. I think that loosening your grip on that particular “gray” situation and opening yourself up to unknown opportunities and possibilities can reveal an entirely new reality and lead to the answer you’re seeking.
Have you ever experienced something like this?