Last night I was lucky enough, or got there early enough, to score a front row seat to hear Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her new book, Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear.
I could write for days about the things she talked about and all the ways she offered inspiration, but you would get bored, so here is one take away from the book, Big Magic. She was talking about a teacher, writer and poet that she came to know through doing interviews about his life. Here is the quote:
“Most of all, though, he asked his students to be brave. Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities. Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, their lives would remain small, far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be.”
This rang true for me the Sunday I sat in the church pew listening to 3 very enthusiastic women who just came back from a mission trip to Tanzania tell of their adventures. My heart was screaming so loud that my husband whispered, you are going aren’t you? When the first meeting came I listened to all we would have to do and what to expect. A courageous voice said out loud to the group, I’m scared! My very good friend put his thumbs under his armpit and started clucking like a chicken. Really…right! He then looked right at me and said…so what! I sat with at so what for a while and did never lost my fear, but I did decide then and there that it would not stop me. There was something for me in Africa and I needed to go find it. Because I did, my life is richer than I could have imagined.