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“What draws friends together does not conform to the laws of nature.” Rumi

Reflections: More Rumi – On Friendship…

Force of Friendship – Rumi
Remember the mouse on the riverbank?
There’s a love-string stretching into the water
hoping for the frog.

Suddenly a raven grips the mouse and flies off.
The frog too, from the river bottom,
with one foot entangled in the invisible string,
follows, suspended in the air.

Amazed faces ask,
“*When did a raven ever go underwater and catch a frog?*”
The frog answers, “This is the force of Friendship.”
What draws friends together does not conform to Laws of Nature.
Form doesn’t know about spiritual closeness.

If a grain of barley approaches a grain of wheat,
an ant must be carrying it. A black ant on black felt.
You can’t see it, but if grains go toward each other,
it’s there.

A hand shifts our birdcages around.
Some are brought closer. Some move apart.
Do not try to reason it out. Be conscious
of who draws you and who not.

Gabriel was always there with Jesus, lifting him
above the dark-blue vault, the night-fortress world,
just as the raven of longing carries the flying frog.
Excerpted from This Longing Transltd C. Barks & J. Moyne

What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you? That friendships don’t matter. They DO! Friendships matter to all of us and especially during tough times… If you are feeling down or lonely, reach out and be a friend to someone in need… The heart knows when another shows sincere care.Β  Don’t despair.Β  Rumi is a master on dissecting love and relationships, and I have shared some of his poetry with you here. Enjoy! More below! πŸ˜‰

“And though the waves might bring you down and though the currents might pull you under, the sky is always still right above you. And your friends will show you the way.” Rumi

Reflections: More Rumi – On Friendship…

The Waterwheel – Rumi
Stay together, friends.
Don’t scatter and sleep.

Our friendship is made
of being awake.

The waterwheel accepts water
and turns and gives it away,

That way it stays in the garden,
whereas another roundness rolls
through a dry riverbed looking
for what it thinks it wants.

Stay here, quivering with each moment
like a drop of mercury. Rumi

My friends have always added something to my life and so when I am feeling great or perhaps a little down, I know they are nearby with comforting advice. I But, we must also remember to be friends to ourselves; self care is important too. Take care of you! What are your thoughts? How do you view friendship from your experience and perspective? What has helped you? Do share! Thank you. πŸ™‚

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily prompt #2 -What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you?

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! πŸ™‚

Positive Motivation Tip: Friendships carry us through the sea of change. Stay anchored to it. Stay connected to it… Engage

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All PhotosΒ  Friendship, via Wikipedia, via Flickr, or via my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. Β©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

39 Comments leave one →
  1. 29/10/2012 2:48 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my article at
    I retweeted your article. Hope it brings you more traffic. πŸ™‚

    • 14/11/2012 1:34 pm

      TY for the re-tweet and kind comment…I’ve been out of the loop for personal reasons… and I’m grateful to be back to thank you for your kindness. Will visit your blog again. πŸ˜‰

  2. 29/10/2012 7:20 pm

    I am fascinated by friendships and how different they all are – this is a wonderful post – thank you!

    • 14/11/2012 1:35 pm

      TY! I’m curious about them too… the ones that work and the ones that flounder. πŸ™‚

  3. 29/10/2012 11:31 pm

    Can never get enough of Rumi πŸ™‚

  4. 30/10/2012 2:27 am

    “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead – don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow – just walk beside me and be my friend” (Albert Camus)


    • 14/11/2012 1:38 pm

      Yes… I remember that one well and love it too! TY! πŸ™‚

  5. 30/10/2012 2:51 am

    I love that last quote. So true.

  6. 30/10/2012 4:14 am

    Love the quotes from Rumi!

  7. 30/10/2012 3:06 pm

    Love, love, love the friendship quote!
    A truly heartfelt post! πŸ™‚

  8. 30/10/2012 5:05 pm

    “…remember to be friends to ourselves…” oh, this is so true. If we follow that, then we will have at least one friend. I have found that “true” friends are rare and precious. The struggles I have been going through have revealed those rare gems who have floated to the top and keep shining their light on me.

    • 14/11/2012 1:47 pm

      Amen to that and they don’t have to be a crowd either… if we find two or a few more kindred souls who stand by us in thick and thin, it is a blessing. πŸ™‚

  9. 30/10/2012 6:16 pm

    Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing these quotes!

  10. 30/10/2012 6:25 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I’ve nominated you two awards:
    Not sure if you want to play, if not, I understand.

    • 14/11/2012 1:51 pm

      WoW Amy! Thank you for the award… much appreciated and hope I responded earlier. πŸ™‚

  11. 30/10/2012 10:47 pm

    I have found and nurtured great friendships in some of the most unlikely places. I never know who may complete me, so it is best to open my heart ot the possibilities. Thanks for a thoughtful post. M

    • 14/11/2012 1:55 pm

      TY for your uplifting reply… It would be great to keep connecting and growing new friendships too. πŸ™‚

  12. 31/10/2012 12:51 pm

    I’m just getting all caught up on my blog reading…love Rumi:)

    • 14/11/2012 1:59 pm

      Same here… Been even more behind since the hurricane. TY for checking in. πŸ™‚

  13. 01/11/2012 8:00 am

    I love friendship I love my friends and I love this quote “The finest vessel on the sea of life is the friendship!””

    • 14/11/2012 2:00 pm

      I love my friends too… Everyone deserves to have at least one committed., true friend. πŸ˜‰

  14. 01/11/2012 8:06 am

    Friends… the most precious wealth anyone can possess! Beautiful post on friendship πŸ™‚

    • 14/11/2012 2:03 pm

      True… and it is greater than material wealth. TY! πŸ™‚

  15. 04/11/2012 6:16 pm

    Great post! Friendship really matters. And indeed, friends are people who know all about you, and still choose to be with you! Thanks Elizabeth!

    • 14/11/2012 2:05 pm

      TY too! It sure matters to me… and I’m grateful for the loyalty. πŸ˜‰

  16. 06/11/2012 1:51 am

    Inspiring in every way. A post that treasures “real” friends who accepts us for who we are. Have a great week.

    • 14/11/2012 2:06 pm

      Awesome week to you too… real friends are a treasure. TY! πŸ™‚


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