Having been on earth for some decades already, I am having difficulty answering this age old question by family and friends:“What gift would you like for your birthday this year?” In material terms I don’t lack for anything or at least there is no burning desire for anything in particular, and for that, I feel fortunate. But my desire for health, happiness and inner peace is constant which nobody can offer me on a platter, nor can it be bought. We are the one that can provide it to ourselves, by eating properly, being active, doing things that makes us happy, being surrounded by positive people and most importantly spending time in our own company to discover our inner selves.
On my last birthday, when a friend of mine asked me if I have any particular wish for a present, I first said there is really no need to buy me anything, but as she insisted, I said may be “a pair of good earphones”? I tend to listen to a lot of music during my walks or while traveling so some good earphones are a must and I also knew it wasn’t something too expensive. What happened though was that she bought me a different gift, probably because she couldn’t find earphones easily. Anyway I told myself to put the earphones on the shopping list immediately. The same day, a classmate from high-school called. We hadn’t heard from each other for many years so we talked and talked for hours! My hands were almost numb from holding the phone for so long. We were catching up on the years gone by and talking about everything under the sun. I felt compelled to end such a nice and overdue conversation just to stop the ache in my arms! I mentioned this to him and he was surprised I was not using any earphones. “I don’t have any good ones,” I said. It was then that he asked what kind of mobile phone I was using that I remembered seeing a pair in the box when I had purchased this phone and had completely forgotten about them. So I looked for them right away, found them within 2 minutes and they turned out to be exactly the type that I wanted.
Often what we search or wish for may just be under our noses, we just can’t see them until someone helps us realize this, almost like when one searches for the glasses that are sitting on the top of one’s head. Yes, when reaching for something that you need desperately, you will often realize it is closer than you think. Sometimes you may discover on your own, at times you may need someone to help you see. It doesn’t matter how, what’s important is that you believe it is there and you shall find.
"How is it
that everything must
begin and end with you?
There you are,
perfuming the world with your scent.
Have you made a deal
with the moon so that you can linger
when she tapers off?
And what about the wind?
Even when he has been scolded
and is sitting in a corner, there you are,
my calm before the storm.
Despite the inevitable destruction
and my ruin, there you are again,
my calm after the storm.
I really must know:
'How is it
that there was never you
until there was
and then all was you?“
- Kamand Kojouri
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