Friday, September 07, 2007

daily bread

In these two worlds I don't know of any means of livelihood
better than trust in our Sustainer.
I know nothing better than gratitude
which brings in its wake the daily bread and its increase.

Mathnawi V: 2426
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski

My first chore for the day is to walk to the local shops and buy our daily bread. I am thankful that we have a good handful of bakeries to choose from, each offering plain cheap bread made with heart and diligence. I shop further afield when seeking bread with seeds or sourdough, or bread of a specialist Greek, French or Italian style. I am glad I am not limited to those, however, and that the mundane variety is reliably there and close at hand.

Rumi's theme today is a simple one and a reminder of the mundane elements of everyday life that sustain us.

daily bread


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