Whilst reading Eat, Pray, Love the other day (which is a pretty great book), there was a quote in there that I really liked:
“Namely, the idea that the appreciation of pleasure can be an anchor of one’s humanity”
To give you some context, Liz Gilbert (the Author) is describing how she overcame her depression by immersing herself fully within the Italian culture in Sicily. I found this refreshing because maybe that’s what life is about in general; just appreciating something so much so that it could even help our mental health. After reading the quote several times, I think it’s interesting to see how each individual would have their personal ‘appreciation of pleasure’ that is powerful enough to brighten up our lives in new ways.
I assume that those born and bred in Italy may not find the same amount of pleasure within their culture – simply because they are already accustomed to that way of life. Their ‘appreciation of pleasure’ may be something completely different. What could they fully appreciate so that their relationship with themselves can grow even stronger? What makes us so appreciative that it is able to anchor us to our humanity; back to our normal, happy self?
I think the most inspiring part is that Liz was able to ‘mend her soul’ by herself. She started off small by reading an Italian dictionary, and then took the initiative to fly all the way to Italy on her own, where she made friends and really connected with the people there. I think at a point of low self-confidence, she took an incredibly brave and important step, which in return helped her heal.
At the end of it all, if you want to go somewhere, or experience something, then go do it! There’s no point mulling around, since you’ll probably end up talking yourself out of it. It’s easier to keep telling yourself that you can’t do something than to follow through, so follow your gut and jump in.
…And when you do go for it, just try to be present in the moment so you can appreciate it in a way that you won’t forget.
Of course going to Italy isn’t a simple option for many. Perhaps we should appreciate the things around us more, rather than going somewhere to look for it…surely the happiness is already somewhere inside us? We just need to dig deep and try to find it.