Elizabeth Gilbert has a new book out called Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage. Her last book was called Eat, Pray, Love. Women all over the planet were absolutely crazy for Eat, Pray, Love. Oprah was crazy for it, too . . .
We listened to Eat, Pray, Love on tape and could only get through a little more than half of it. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph–as Joyce is fond of saying—-that Liz Gilbert ate, whined, prayed, whined, loved, and whined. She’s a bigger whiner than Caillou . . .
. . . and that kid can whine! How he’s lasted so long on PBS remains a mystery. But back to whiney Liz Gilbert. For those who haven’t read the bestselling book, Liz wrote about her recovery from a divorce and how she healed herself by traveling through Italy, India, and Indonesia.
In Italy she ate. Fair enough. The food sounded really, really good. And we really, really like food. We fantasized about all that gorgeous food. In India she prayed. Joyce is a firm believer in prayer and finds it offers many important benefits to one’s health and well-being. But about half way through India that poor Liz Gilbert was still whining about a past lover and, well, we just couldn’t take hearing about it anymore. Talk about self-absorbed. We never made it with her to Indonesia for the ‘real’ love part because we couldn’t get past all the whining about lost love. And it scared us a little to watch Liz on Oprah and see lots of women–smart-looking women–say that Eat, Pray, Love had become their bible. Holy shit, Dick Tracy. That’s scary.
Well, now Liz Gilbert is re-married–and she says she’s made peace with marriage. She had to marry Hubby #2 at the border because otherwise he couldn’t have gotten into the country. And she says she’s made peace with all of it. Good for Liz. We think she should have a baby now, too—she’s sort of against babies—but a baby could give her the full catasrophe and maybe she’d stop all her whining.
Anyway, Liz Gilbert recently shared her thoughts on EASE which we liked very much because they reminded us of Joyce. And so we thought it would be good to kick off January by sharing Liz Gilbert’s non-whiney thoughts about EASE. And how EASE is more important than whining. Our comments are added in italics:
“We are the strivingest people who have ever lived. We are ambitious, time-starved, competitive, distracted. We move at full velocity (Joyce gives this a thumbs down), yet constantly fear we are not doing enough. Though we live longer than any humans before us, our lives feel shorter, restless, breathless . . .
Dear ones, (we like when anyone calls us a dear one), EASE UP. Pump the brakes. Take a step back. Seriously. Take two steps back (we’re starting to like you, Liz). Turn off all your electronics and surrender over all your aspirations and do absolutely nothing for a spell (this means wear loungewear). I know, I know — we all need to save the world. But trust me: The world will still need saving tomorrow. In the meantime, you’re going to have a stroke soon if you don’t calm the hell down (Joyce relishes the appropriate use of the word hell now and again).
So go take a walk. Or don’t. Consider actually exhaling. Find a body of water and float (Joyce does this daily). Hit a tennis ball against a wall. Tell your colleagues that you’re off meditating and then actually, secretly, nap.
My radical suggestion? Cease participation (except at parties), if only for one day this year — if only to make sure that we don’t lose forever the rare and vanishing human talent of appreciating ease.”
So, for today especially, we wish you non-whining Joyce-ease!!