Come, Reza, Ama

My mom wouldn’t let me buy a book for the plane ride to Spain.
“Why would you buy a book when you can rent them from the library for free?!”
She’s insane.
Sorry mom, but seriously?!

So I ransacked the house to find a book to read, and saw Eat, Pray, Love on our bookshelf. Done.

I read this excerpt last week. It’s from the author’s time in Italy and describes exactly what I’ve been feeling, but unable to explain.
So thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for being an actual writer (unlike me) and having the ability to put thoughts into eloquently written words (unlike me).

Eat, Pray, Love. En español.

“Generally speaking, though, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one. Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused with everything from porn to theme parks to wars, but that’s not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment. Americans work harder and longer and more stressful hours than anyone in the world today. But….we seem to like it. Alarming statistics back this observation up, showing that many Americans feel more happy and fulfilled in their offices than they do in their own homes. Of course, we all inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas, eating cereal straight out of the box and staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure). Americans don’t really know how to do nothing. This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the over stressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax”

-Elizabeth Gilbert. Eat, Pray, Love.
[Crossing my fingers and hoping this isn’t against some copyright law. It’s just so perfect and I had to share]

I’ve heard that the Spaniards say that Americans live to work, but they (the Spaniards) work to live. It’s so true and I’ve definitely noticed the difference.
Life here is much simpler, pleasurable, and relaxed. People are meant to live like this, I’m convinced.

I think that it’s safe to say that I’m experiencing my own version of Eat, Pray, Love in every aspect. I’m definitely eating, praying and loving. I’m never leaving. Sorry? (Not sorry).

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13 thoughts on “Come, Reza, Ama

  1. Surely you didn’t want her to borrow a book from the library in Katy and return it when she got back to the states? (I’m giggling….sorry) Blakely, my friend Maria from Rota basically says the same thing and I agree. I really believe that we are so constantly entertained (by electronics, no less) that we as a country don’t stop and enjoy simple pleasures in life anymore. I am guilty as well, and it’s sad. I still stop and appreciate things like falling snow and a beautiful sunset and I thank God when I see it and I point it out to the kids so they can stop and enjoy it as well. Unfortunately though, I’m an electronics addict. I’d trade all of my electronics to be in your shoes for a day appreciating the beauty of Spain. Well, I might take my Kindle Fire along with me…..tee hee. 😉

  2. Sí, Sí, y Sí. Esta es la vida española mía. Es vivir en el momento. Es vivir. Quiero jubilarme en España.

    Tarea: ¿Puedes hablar con tus amigas españolas del paro en España? ¿Qué opinan del nuevo Primer Ministro?

  3. OK, this is the English comment. I felt exactly as you do. Enjoy! Live! Love! Pray! But…pray a lot to be sure that the next step you take is really the one you should take. Maybe your duty is to take this philosophy home to the EE. UU. I am more than willing to open a tapas bar with you!! JK! Maybe not…!

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