Saturday, March 20, 2010

Retiring with Rumi

You sit here for days saying,
This is strange business.
You're the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine.
You're some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the furnace, so you won't have to become coins.

So don't be timid.
Load the ship and set out.
No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor.
Just don't be one of those merchants who won't risk the ocean!

Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.

Keep walking, though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. That's not for human beings. Move within, but don't move the way fear makes you move.

This talk is like stamping new coins. They pile up, while the real work is being done outside by someone digging in the ground.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī

1 comment:

  1. Dear Terri,
    I thought I knew a little about quotes until I ran across your site. Wow! I just am thrilled to find it. I started collecting quotes about 40 years ago when I lived in Tempe and still find it fascinating...and handy. I don't try to memorize them but many I do remember, and I use them every day to help guide me. I make my living as a speaker and for ten years doing the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz of Barks and Ladinsky primarily. I have spent some time with both of them and Larry Chang of Wisdom for the Soul. I would like to meet you someday because I like to meet kindred spirits...and hike again in the Superstions and Cave Creek area. Thanks so much and best wishes.
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