Sunday, March 1, 2009

Of Being Woven

"The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking your path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear that you may be broken
into bits like a glass bottle.

This road demands courage and stamina, yet it's full of
Who are these companions?
They are rungs in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.
You may be happy enough going along, but with others
you'll get farther, and faster.

Someone who goes cheerfully by himself to the customs
house to pay his traveler's tax will go even more
lightheartedly when friends are with him.

Every prophet sought out companions.
A wall standing alone is useless, but put three or four walls
together, and they'll support a roof and keep grain dry
and safe.

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank paper can say
Rushes and reeds must be woven to be useful as a mat. If
they weren't interlaced; the wind would blow them away.

Like that, God paired up creatures, and gave them
friendship."--Rumi - Translated by Coleman Barks

Today I'm feeling a little touched, a little excited; one reason being getting to talk to a sister in heart and a friend in title. Isn't that true that most things are more valuable with age: good wine, a Persian rug, aged cheese, pearls, diamonds, and last but not definitely least a friend. In general, I'm not the talking type of person over the phone... the only exception being with my best friend. When we talk, it seems that time flies and we can talk almost about everything and anything. And I am blessed to have her back into my life; I want everything good for her. I've always wanted, and continue to still want, to see her happy. Simply, I can't wait for us to get together and do things together, even if that means to go to a random playground with a swing over a hill in San Francisco in middle of the night and swing up high in sky and laugh so loud that it fills the air, until our stomachs hurt... remembering so much of our time back in the university's housing, swinging as we talked. I am happy, blessed, and truly believe life and joy are embedded in simple things. :) ♥


Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous. This is so very very special. :)

Hayley Egan said...

Friends like that are just precious. I absolutely adore that painting, Sonia. Apart from your style which I'm really drawn to in general, in this one I really love the colours... it has such a warm vibe.

Heather said...

this is such a sweet painting!~

Lisa said...

Beautiful...the art, Rumi and your testimony to friendship.