The real deal

The blonde American Dalai Lama

I had the honour (I do not say this lightly) of seeing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and  The Signature of All Things, at the Opera House on Sunday.

She is GLORIOUS; genuinely shiny and hilarious and grounded and I could gush on forever.

She’s the real deal.

Lately she’s been hanging out with Oprah and she said that Oprah is the real deal too.

This makes me think that powerful, radiant, forces of nature attract each other. Light attracts light.

One of the best things she said during her ‘How to be creative’ talk was [quoted from memory], ‘We are all born with jewels inside us. Our job as creatives is to find them, dig them out and share them with the world.’

What a marvellous idea. That we all have this sparkly, magical stuff inside us that waiting to be discovered.

So often we fear that we don’t have anything valuable to say. I’ve been feeling paralysed about this lately so I’ve kept my (normally huge) mouth shut. There’s so much I want to tell you guys. I have fallen in love. I’ve cried in City X-Ray. I’ve faltered when someone asked me what I want to do with my life because it’s changed so much from what I thought I wanted five years or even five months ago.

But listening to Liz Gilbert made me want to go prospecting again.

What are your jewels? Have you found them yet?



2 comments on “The real deal

  1. Great post, Em! I might add this: I think exploring the terrain of our souls (for want of a better word) is a lifelong process, and that we keep finding new jewels we never knew were there (created by life experience, I guess), it’s not just a once-done thing that we can do and then just get on with the business of shining the jewels on everybody. If only…

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