We live in challenging times, each of us called to search our heart for what we find most true.
What better time, then, for this poem by the 14th-century Persian poet, Hafiz. What better time for us to, as Hafiz says,
finally live with veracity and love.
I have copied the poem, and hung it on the wall next to my desk.
This is the way I wish to live.
Now is the Time
Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God.
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you finally live
Hafiz is a divine envoy
Whom the Beloved
Has written a holy message upon.
My dear, please tell me,
Why do you still
Throw sticks at your heart
What is it in that sweet voice inside
That incites you to fear?
Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
Now is the season to know
That everything you do