What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Henry S. Haskins
This quote is often attributed to Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson. However, it originally appeared in a mysterious and anonymous book titled "Meditations in Wall Street". It was published in 1940 with a selection of reflections and thoughts from Haskins. The book itself had little to do with Wall Street and has been a source of curiosity ever since.
The following is from Eat Pray Love. "Groceries" is a nickname Elizabeth Gilbert was given by her friend at the Ashram.
"But I really loved him."
"Big deal. So you fell in love with someone. Don’t you see what happened? This guy touched a place in your heart deeper than you thought you were capable of reaching, I mean you got zapped, kiddo. But that love you felt, that’s just the beginning. You just got a taste of love. That’s just limited little rinky-dink mortal love. Wait till you see how much more deeply you can love than that. Heck, Groceries—you have the capacity to someday love the whole world. It’s your destiny. Don’t laugh."
"I'm not laughing." I was actually crying. "And please don't laugh at me now, but I think the reason it's so hard for me to get over this guy is because I seriously believed David was my soul mate."
"He probably was. Your problem is you don’t understand what that word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants.
Are you ready to just be you?
Ready to accept that even though you may not be perfect, you have an important place in the world to fill? Know, right now, that there are things here on Earth that you're here to do. People's lives you are here to touch. And everything, and I mean everything, that's happened to you from the moment you were born, has been preparing you for that purpose.
Once you accept this truth, all that's left to do is to walk forward with arms open, to embrace that purpose, knowing that you can handle whatever lies ahead.
- Lisa Nichols, No Matter What!