Christmas cards, gifts left at the door, emails, and the death of a dear friend followed by the kindest exchange of letters with his widow–all serve as one gigantic reminder: Do not delay contacting those you love, or once loved, or wished you could have loved. Please write, phone, send pyjama-grams, borrow a donkey; whatever. Just don’t put it off any longer. If apologies are needed, make them. If forgiveness is overdue, offer it. If things were left unsaid, say them (or let them go once and for all). Whatever the obstacle, be courageous. Reach for the ‘lost’ friend who’s been in your heart all along. One of you could die tomorow. As Rumi says:
proudly into sunlight,
not looking back.
Take sips of this pure wine being poured
Don’t mind that you’ve been given a dirty cup.
source: excerpt from: Barks, C. (1997) (trans.). The illuminated Rumi. New York: Broadway Books, p. 32. image: This book was illuminated by Michael Green (website under construction).