My adventure in becoming a [Good] Mormon

‘Eat, pray, love’ is an amazing movie, as well as an even greater book.

I’ve decided I want to spend a year living abroad. I’m not sure where exactly. I’m pretty sure on four months in Ireland. Maybe Lithuania too, it looks gorgeous there. I’d spend the fall there. But I’d rather not travel alone. Any volunteers?

I wonder if any of those plans of mine will ever take place?

Some quotes from Eat, Pray, Love that I really like

“I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”

“”If I love you, I will carry for you all your pain, I will assume for you all your debts (in every definition of the word), I will protect you from your own insecurity, I will project upon you all sorts of good qualities that you have never actually cultivated in yourself and I will buy Christmas presents for your entire family. I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check. I will give you all this and more, until I get so exhausted and depleted…”

“”Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.”

“Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”

“God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies…”

“It’s still two human beings trying to get along, so it’s going to be complicated. And love is always complicated. But humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

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