… I got to thinking about how much time I spend in my life crashing around like a great gasping fish, either squirming away from some uncomfortable distress or flopping hungrily toward ever more pleasure. And I wondered whether it might serve me (and those are burdened with the task of loving me) if I could learn to stay still and endure a bit more that always getting dragged along on the potholed road of circumstance.
-- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love, page 173
I gotta say, this passage in the book hit me right between the eyes, especially the first sentence. Yes, that's me, I say with a cringe.
But at least it's not ALL I am. That unearned beautiful gift faith saves the believer from being merely that fish, from ONLY seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
I will add that Eat, Pray, Love is not a particularly Christian book. In fact, it's strives to be inclusive and ends up being probably more Buddhist than anything else. But I found it thought-provoking and it did not at all tempt to wander from Christianity. It's a snapshot of a lot of modern culture.