The Sufi mystic poet Jalaluddin Rumi writes of his passionate love for God in this piece. The parallels between Rumi’s teachings and the lessons of the Bible are striking, and I’d like to point them out in full later - but for now, just enjoy this beautiful work of linguistic art :)
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”—Bob Marley
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”—Romans 12:2
This is a blog. This is a blog that contains actual writing. This is a blog about everything and nothing.
I started this blog (or rather tried to start it multiple times under different names and different titles) for me. I agonized for months.. just kidding, YEARS trying to come up with a “good blog idea.” Why?
Because people say things like I’m a “good writer” and “don’t you have a blog” or “isn’t blogging, like, your thing” and thus must live up to a certain standard? Because as a Media & Culture student I should be a good blogger by default? Because I need to impress employers with my “influence” and tout my social media “expertise” (ok, who seriously has that anyway?). Because the rules of blogging dictate that anything I want to write about (myself, me, and I) will result in certain death? Clearly I think too much.
But what finally made me do it is because I need to write. Need to. It’s been too long. I feel like my writing has decayed – just look at all of my CHOPPY SENTENCES!
So here it is. It’s not a professional blog, though I’ll try not to swear. There will be Bible quotes, excerpts from my favorite books, somewhat corny sayings that reflect my sentimental and oftentimes melancholy moods, and maybe a few pictures (though I will admit that when one comes out cool-looking it’s usually because I tried REALLY hard).
Ah yes, the self loathing is strong in this one. Blegh. Did I mention side conversations with myself?
One thing I’m trying to accomplish with this blog (and you can guess at it by my earlier posts) is to find my voice again. Before you file this in the corny bin and move on - I think this endeavor is the single most important part of a writer’s profession.
At least for a hurting writer like me, finding your artistic core is key. Once you got it, that writer’s block is merely a door. It can be really stubborn, and you may have to jingle the handle a few times, but it will always give way to better stories with your unique style and some pushing.
As of now, my voice is a little raspy, my keyboard dusty, and my brand is undefined. When I put the “ask away” button there, I meant it – talk to me. Hope you can tune in.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.