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Friday, January 13, 2012

Eat, Love, Pray - Ruin is a Gift!

This movie, regardless of it's poor reviews, is one of my favorite movies! The story is great, the cinematography is stunning and the are lines after lines of amazing prose! I love it. I'm inspired by it in a different way EVERY TIME I see it!

There are are several impactful scence to me. The one that I want to focus on today, is the letter she writes to David in Italy. The letter goes somthing like this...

Dear David,
We haven't had any communication in a while, and it's given me time I needed to think. Remember when you said we should live with each other and be unhappy so we could be happy? Consider it a testimony to how much I love you, that I spent so long pouring myself into that offer, trying to make it work! But a friend took me to the most amazing place the other day its called, The Augustium. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the Barbarians came, they trashed it along with everything else. The Great Augustus, Rome's first true great emperor... how could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, would one day would be in ruins? It's one of the quietest and loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over centuries. Feels like a precious wound, like a heartbreak you won't let go of, cause it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same David, settle for living in misery because were afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked around in this place at the chaos its endured. The way its been adapted, burned, pillaged, and found a way to build itself back up again... and I was reassured. Maybe my life hasn't been so chaotic, it's just the world that is, and the only real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. Even in this eternal city. The Augustium showed me that we must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation. Both of us deserve better than staying together because we're afraid we'll be destroyed if we don't.
I love this because in my opinion it focuses on a universal truth... because sometimes things need to be runied before they can be fixed.  Sometime we don't know we are broken.

Patricia Holland once spoke on this back in 1982:
"It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. . . . it is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever. ["Broken Things," an excerpt from Vance Havner, The Still Water (Old Tappan, NJ: Flemming H. Revell, 1934). Quoted in October 1981, p. 5]
I found out last night after several blood test, that I've been so ill because I have mono! I cried at the thought. My brother had mono REALLY bad 2 years ago. He was in the hospital several times. I was really worried about him. Luckily it looks like I don't have it as badly as he did. Now I need to focus on the positive and take care of myself, not over do it and REST - a word I don't know very well. I also need to ask for assistance. I'm bad at asking for it (note: I'm not using the word "help").

This should be an interesting experience, but I'm sure I'm going to learn something interesting from it too.

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