I Said To The Wanting-Creature Inside Me
by Kabir (15th-century Indian mystic poet)
I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?
There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!
And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the
soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.
Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don't go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of
and stand firm in that which you are.
Tree Stump O' Deep Thought You're Not Usually Capable Of by Stephen Pastis
No one knows what we are doing here.
Some have faith that they do. But no one knows.
So we are scared. We are alone.
And we end. And we don't know where we go.
So we cling to money for comfort. And we chase awards for immortality.
And we hide in the routine of our days.
But then the night. Always the night.
Which, when it has you alone, whispers that maybe none of this has any significance.
So love everyone you're with. Because comforting each other on this journey we neither asked for nor understand is the best we can do.
And laugh as much as you can.