What fills the heart that has emptied in despair?
How can surrender change darkness into vision?
Love will lay a carpet of treasures under your feet.
Love will fill your drums with gold.
Love will turn your scorched desert into a meadow of paradise.
Love will open the doors to the King's palace.
Love's alchemy will reshape gallows into altars.
Love will change your apathy to faith.
Kings of the world
in love's hands you will melt like a candle.
To the parched lips of those who are willing to surrender
Love will bring the wine
that changes darkness into vision,
cruelty into compassion and dust into precious incense.
Those who think the heart is only in the chest
take two or three steps and are content.
The rosary, the prayer rug and repentance
are paths that they mistake for the destination.
-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin & Maryam Mafi
"Rumi: Hidden Music," 2001
Head over to Helen and Paola's excellent blog Year of Living Gorgeously, where they are holding a photo contest for January. The theme is (get ready for the surprise ...) "January!" There's a cool prize for the best January photo. Sooo... without further ado (as they say on those glamorous evenings in Hollywood .... here is my january photo:
Dedicated to every single one of my friends, especially to Tammy and Pam, whose courage in living their lives fully -- and with such heart -- with ALS, always astounds and inspires me ... here is a song by Ben Harper and The Blind Boys, I Shall Not Walk Alone ...
To play, click the left arrow below. Volume control is a slider on the right side of this button:
Click the player below to listen to Eva's sweet voice while you peruse these photos of Autumn in Montana:
I fell in love with this guy and it was partly because of his sense of humor. "The Look" ... well, you just have to get a look at the shape of those eyebrows ... and mouth (if you can see it there, under Tim's mustache). I'm hopelessly connected to him.
Tim sang this song to me at our wedding reception:
Here's another of my favorite Mark Knopfler songs to accompany these winter scenes: