I’m not really a warm/fuzzy type-girl. For this reason, I had a tough time relating to Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey in this book. However, here, she articulates something that I have long understood but never voiced.

“Even in my own life, I can see exactly where my episodes of unhappiness have brought suffering or distress or (at the very least) inconvenience to those around me. The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world. Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, eat pray love