Friday, October 17, 2008
What is your "Word" ?
Just started reading the much acclaimed book "Eat,Pray,Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. A detailed analysis and review of the book will be a separate post later. Basically, the book is about an American woman's search for everything in her life across Italy, India and Indonesia. But, even as I've completed exactly 100 pages in this 330paged book, the author whose narrative of the story is in first person, throws out so many ideas, thoughts and topics for discussion that I can think of writing so many posts out of the readings. It will be appropriate to say that atleast one post can come out of one page's reading in this book, such is the content material.
This will be the first out of many posts to follow from several anectodes in this book.
During the author's stay in Rome, Italy, a snippet of coversation between the author Liz and a friend result in the friend saying that the secret to understanding a city and its people is to learn- what the word on the street is? The friend explains that in any place if you could read a passer by's thoughts, you will find that most of them are thinking the same thought. Whatever that majority thought is,will be the word of that city. And as an individual living or visiting that city, there will be one word used to describe your current personality and if that personal word matches the word of the city, then you totally belong in that place. Makes sense?
A few examples given by the friend and the author are-
What is Rome's word?
Answer: SEX (Since that is what is there on the mind of most of the people all the time)
What is Vatican's word?
Answer: POWER, though you'd think FAITH is more like it.
What is Stockholm's word?
Answer: CONFORM (depressing one)
What is the word in Naples?
What is the word in New York city?
Answer: ACHIEVE (yes, it is a verb of course)
What is the word in Los Angeles?
Answer: SUCCEED (a subtle but significant difference)
The coversation then moves to more specific questions that the friend poses to the author, which might be worth answering in our own lives.
What was the word in your family when you were growing up?
My answer to this would be Abundant and Religious (yes, I used 2 words).
Lastly, What's your word?
If I had to use this in my current state of affairs, I would come up with Restless.
It will be interesting to hear what your answers to these last 2 questions will be, if you want to share them. What I really liked about this message/exercise is that by coming up with that one word that best describes you at present, it brings about a clear realization of who you are or your current state of mind.
Happy Thinking and enjoy your weekend..