Okay, so this time, I cheated a little. I picked a book I read in 2009, when I was dealing with a lot of baggage–including a divorce from three years earlier that I hadn’t yet processed, more than 9,000 miles of travel trying to flee the shockwaves of said divorce, and my apparent inability to love myself through it all.
As you can see from the title card, that book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” which undoubtedly helped millions of women forgive and love themselves in spite of (and maybe even for) their so-called failures/imperfections.
Self-love, first = Wide Open Doorway to Loving Relationship.
What I love about this quote is that Felipe had a wonderful way of holding the mirror up to Liz during the time in her life when she needed to open her heart back up to love again. And, of course, I love this quote, because I agree with it (and I also identified with it, at a time when I was reeling from my own savage insecurities).
To me, “you need a champion” meant that Liz needed to take the initiative in defining what loving her meant, so that her partner (any partner) would know how to support that cause. It meant she needed to love herself first, so she could recognize love when delivered. (How could any woman not heart that?)
I’m a hopeless romantic, so these words resonated with me on a deep level and have remained with me ever since.
(As a side note, Gilbert has also recently released “Big Magic“. Several people have suggested I run-not-walk to the bookstore to get my copy, because I’m
working loving my way through several projects that are pushing me beyond my comfort zone. Big Magic is next on my required reading list.)
There’s a meme going around in readers’ circles on Thursdays, called “That’s What He Said” or #TWHS for short. I found out about it a couple weeks ago, and participated last week for the first time. What I love about it, is that it makes reading, and sharing what you’re reading, social! So, I decided to commit to posting something weekly with a little bit of my own commentary.
How to Play (Join the Fun!)
The rules of participation are simple, and have been posted on Carianne’s Cuppa ‘n Critiques:
Pick and “Post a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. These are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is not a physical description of a male protagonist or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies or guys!” ~Carianne
You can add add your favorite line in the comments below this post–or add a link to your own blog post in the comment below.