Saying “Thank You”

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I’ve just finished “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Go back a few posts and you’ll see I’ve talked about this book already. That’s because it’s one of those books I seem to stumble upon once per year that changes/reinforces a positive perspective.

At the end of the book, Gilbert thanks those who helped her on her journey. It’s obvious in her writing that she feels a huge debt of gratitude for all the assistance she received on her year-long quest. Yet, how can one thank another when they feel so indebetted? Simple words seem to fail. Liz seems to know this, too. This is why I found this passage from the acknowledgements so profound:

“In the end, though,, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying “Thank you” forever and sincerely for as long as we have voices. “
-Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”

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