I love Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Itâ€™s about a woman who, after a painful divorce, leaves New York for a three month journey across Italy, India and Indonesia. I read the book shortly before I left for Paris. It reminded me of myself and my upcoming journey.
The concept of Eat, Pray, Love recently took on another meaning for me when was introduced to a fellow American man who’s working here in Paris. He immediately impressed me with his near perfect French. Over dinner a few days later, I asked him how he was able to perfect his French without having an American accent. He told me that he had lived in Paris before, then, after a quiet moment, he confessed that while living in Paris the first time, he was a Catholic Priest!
Okay, this stopped me dead in my tracks. Was I on a date with a Priest? He explained that he quit the priesthood because it was too demanding. He said that he couldnâ€™t â€œWork and Pray at the Same Time.” He also had another problem. He found himself constantly thinking about womenâ€¦so much so he started sneaking out the monastery for secret rendezvous. Eeks!
Needless to say we havenâ€™t had a second dateâ€¦I got the feeling that he has some major baggage to work out. As weird as it was, the date was a reminder that we are all on different journeys; some just take us around the world and back.
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