the only divide

the only divide of
land and water
is the negotiating table,
the coastline,
that fluidly
with the motions
of the moon.

don’t surrender your loneliness by Hafez

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.
let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
as few human or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
has made my eyes so soft
my voice so tender
my need of god
absolutely clear.

— Hafiz

perfect circles in the sand

I am a believer that we are creators and co-creators of our own experience; as we grow, we increasingly become more involved with each other’s experiences. For instance, in Living, Loving & Learning, Leo Buscaglia talks about how two people in a relationship are like two concentric circles. One of the circles is “You” and the other circle is “I,” the shared area being “Us” or “We.” In a healthy committed relationship, it is the responsibility for each individual to grow. The bigger You grow and the bigger I become, the bigger We are. I like to think of this as something indicative of how humanity is interconnected. It is our responsibility to become as much of who we are, for we have more to give. If only You grew, and I stayed the same size, I would lose less of who I am into “Us.” But being “We” is still not being I. Applied to creating experience, I think that the more we collectively grow, the more that you learn about yourself and life and your world, the more you and I have to share. Together, We become greater.