Failures and Success Go Home
I was listening to Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love. She was discussing her success with Eat Pray Love and the daunting task of writing a new book. How could any new book compare to Eat Pray Love? Elizabeth wanted to quit after that big success. Instead, how did she find her way back home.
She said that most of us live our lives in the middle (no real big success or big failures). We live normal, reassuring and regular lives). However, we can be flung far from our center (middle) with a big success or a big failure. One is seen as bad and the other is seen as good.
Your subconscious is completely incapable of discerning the difference between a big success or a big failure. The only thing it can feel is the value of this equation. It can only feel the distance you have been flung from yourself. There is equal danger in getting lost out there. However, there is the same remedy for self-restoration. You have got to find your way back home again as swiftly and smoothly as you can. If you are wondering what your home is; here’s a hint. It’s something that you love more than you love yourself. She loved writing more than she loved herself. Her home was writing. It might be family, faith, service, or whatever. It’s a place where you can direct your energies with such singular devotion. The results are then inconsequential.
Finding your way back home after success or failure
For her, her home was writing. After the weird disorienting success of her book, Eat Pray Love, she had to get back to work. That’s what she did. She got back to writing, her home. The follow up book, bombed. She was fine. Elizabeth was now bulletproof because she knew that she had found her way back home. She was back to writing for the sheer devotion of it. Elizabeth will continue to write. Some of her books will fail and some will be well received. But it doesn’t matter.
Elizabeth will be safe from the random hurricanes of outcomes as long as she is where she rightfully belongs. Find the thing that you love the most and build your house right on top of it. Don’t budge from it and if you should someday, somehow, get vaulted out of your home by either great failure or great success, your job is to fight your way back home. Put your head down with diligence, devotion and respect to whatever the task is from love that is calling for you next.