Tuesday, August 24, 2010

again from "Eat, Love, Pray"

Gilbert: 'I seriously believed David was my soul mate.'

Richard from Texas: 'He probably was. Your problem is you don't understand what the word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you will ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave.'

Gilbert (2006: 149)