Hello Dear Followers,
In the short time I’ve followed author Elizabeth Gilbert, (particularly after “Eat,Pray,Love” came out), I realized she isn’t just some author she is a good friend. So it is no wonder when she wrote the following words that I thought of my dear friend who has been imparting the same exact wisdom that Liz is bestowing upon those reading her wonderful book “Big Magic.”
The passage that struck a chord with me is this: “Let people have their opinions. More than that, let people be in love with their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your creative work.”
The line that struck me is this (wait for it) – “And always remember that people’s judgements about you are none of your business.”
For me personally, this doesn’t only speak volumes in terms of my “creative work” but also in my personal life. I have struggled tremendously with this over the years, and as I have gotten older I realized that I can’t stop anyone’s opinions no more than anyone can stop mine. So why bother getting all bothered by it?
When I read this entire passage, I said, “what did my friend have a chat with Liz about this?” Because she has been telling me those exact words forever. And I still don’t think I can wrap my head around it.
Of course Liz had some other wonderful passages to share with her readers, but I will not give it away because you definitely need to take the time to immerse yourself in her book, especially if you are like me who is trying to live a creative life though writing and reading regularly.
To add to the passage above, here is another line I love – “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. Actually don’t even bother answering, just keep doing your thing.”
Until next time folks!