Did I Not Say To You

Did I not say to you, “Go not there, for I am your friend; in this

mirage of annihilation I am the fountain of life?”

Even though in anger you depart a hundred thousand years

from me, in the end you will come to me, for I am your goal.

Did I not say to you, “Be not content with worldly forms, for I

am the fashioner of the tabernacle of your contentment?”

Did I not say to you, “I am the sea and you are a single fish;

go not to dry land, for I am your crystal sea?”

Did I not say to you, “ Go not like birds to the snare; come, for

I am the power of flight and your wings and feet?”

Did I not say to you, “ They will waylay you and make you

cold, for I am the fire and warmth and heat of your desire?”

Did I not say to you, “ They will implant in you ugly qualities

so that you will forget that I am the source of purity to you?”

Did I not say to you, “Do not say from what direction the ser-

vant’s affairs come into order?” I am the Creator without


If you are the lamp of the heart, know where the road is to the

house; and if you are godlike of attribute, know that I am your


Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi



Ah ya, malam bukan lagi waktu menunggu.

Kita tak lagi saling memburu.

Jadi biarkan saja tunas-tunas sepi bertumbuh dalam sunyi.

Seperti perih yang pasti mengering.

Ini bukan apa-apa.

Kita tidak selamanya mengada.

Selesaikanlah sampai disini.

“Untuk mengada, kita tidak hanya punya jatah tempat.
Tapi juga rentang waktu yang telah ditetapkan.”
(Jostein Gaarder – Gadis Jeruk)

The Blessed Unrest

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy,

a quickening that is translated through you into action.

And because there is only one of you in all of time,

this expression is unique.

And if you block it,

it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.

The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is

nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly,

to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.

You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased.

There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.

There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction,

a blessed unrest that keeps us marching

and makes us more alive than the others.

–Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille



Ambition is necessary to accomplishment. Without ambition to gain an end, nothing would be done. Without an ambition to excel others and to surpass one’s self there would be no superior merit. To win anything, we must have the ambition to do so.


Ambition is a good servant but a bad master. So long as we control our ambition, it is good, but if there is danger of our being ruled by it, then I would say in the words of Shakespeare, “Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition. By that sin fell the angels.”


Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years