“On Being” rather than “on campaigning”: Elizabeth Gilbert on curiosity rather than passion as a guidepost

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Elizabeth Gilbert:  Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

Please don’t roll your eyes or skip this talk just because you aren’t a fan of Eat Pray Love; Ms. Gilbert has a lot more to offer than that.  (Did you know that this alleged “chick lit author” began her career working at magazines like Esquire and GQ—the opposite of “chick lit”?)

From “On Being” website: Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love. But through the disorienting process of becoming a global celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of inhabiting a creative life. Creativity, as she defines it, is about choosing curiosity over fear — not to be confused with the more familiar trope to “follow your passion,” but rather as something accessible to us all and good for our life together.

I strongly recommend listening to the unedited conversation; it has great extra material, including a beautifully warm, “Hello.”

I also recommend Ms. Gilbert’s book Big Magic (I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Ms. Gilbert), her TED Talk “Your Elusive Creative Genius” (find out the origin of the word “Olé” and what musician Tom Waits and poet Ruth Stone believe about the creative process), and the essay, “The Wrong Emotion.”

The attached excerpt from Eat Pray Love is one of the greatest descriptions of loneliness and depression I’ve ever read.  If you’ve never had to grapple with either at a deep level, this will help you understand them: Description of depression and loneliness.

 

Photo courtesy of Alexas_Photos at Pixabay.com.

Alexandra Marchosky
Alexandra Marchosky
I coach individuals and organizations to do and be better by more fully living their values.
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