The trip is coming up soon and we are preparing the bus to head out. I’m going to have to leave my two passengers behind on this trip. At least they can keep each other company……
As far as the cold days ahead, remember that smiling makes it a little easier. Some Rumi for your thoughts and heart.
If a Tree Could Wander.
Oh, if a tree could wander and move with foot and wings!
It would not suffer the axe blows and not the pain of saws!
For would the sun not wander away in every night ?
How could at ev’ry morning the world be lighted up?
And if the ocean’s water would not rise to the sky,
How would the plants be quickened by streams and gentle rain?
The drop that left its homeland, the sea, and then returned ?
It found an oyster waiting and grew into a pearl.
Did Yusaf not leave his father, in grief and tears and despair?
Did he not, by such a journey, gain kingdom and fortune wide?
Did not the Prophet travel to far Medina, friend?
And there he found a new kingdom and ruled a hundred lands.
You lack a foot to travel?
Then journey into yourself!
And like a mine of rubies receive the sunbeams? print!
Out of yourself ? such a journey will lead you to your self,
It leads to transformation of dust into pure gold!
by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi