Breaking the Wings of Desire

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

“You know how it is.
Sometimes we plan a trip to one place,
But something takes us to another.
When a horse is being broken,
The trainer pulls it in many different directions,
So the horse will come to know what it is to be ridden.
The most beautiful and alert horse,
Is one completely attuned to the rider.
God Fixes a passionate desire in you, and then Disappoints you.
God Does that a hundred times!
God Breaks the wings of one intention and then Gives you another,
Cuts the rope of contriving, so you will remember your dependence.
But sometimes, your plans work out!
You feel fulfilled and in control.
That is because, if you were always failing, you might give up.
But remember, it is by failures,
That lovers stay aware of how they are Loved.
Failure is the key to the kingdom within.
Your prayer should be, ‘Break the legs of what I want to happen.
Humiliate my desire.  Eat me like candy.
It is spring, and finally, I have no will.’”

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)


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