on Self Discovery

If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting — which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments — and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue; and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher; and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

– Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love, (2010)