Deliberation by Rumi

“A friend remarks to the Prophet,

“Why is it I get screwed in business deals?

It’s like a spell. I become distracted by business talk and make wrong decisions.”

Muhammad replies, “Stipulate with every transaction that you need three days to make sure.”

Deliberation is one of the qualities of God. Throw a dog a bit of something.

He sniffs to see if he wants it.

Be that careful. Sniff with your wisdom-nose.

Get clear. Then decide.

The universe came into being gradually over six days.

God could have just commanded, Be!

Little by little a person reaches forty and fifty and sixty, and feels more complete.

God could have thrown full-blown prophets flying through the cosmos in an instant.

Jesus said one word, and a dead man sat up, but creation usually unfolds, like calm breakers.

Constant, slow movement teaches us to keep working like a small creek that stays clear,

that doesn’t stagnate, but finds a way through numerous details, deliberately.

Deliberation is born of joy, like a bird from an egg. Birds don’t resemble eggs!

Think how different the hatching out is.

A white leathery snake egg, a sparrow’s egg; a quince seed, an apple seed: very different things look similar at one stage. These leaves, our bodily personalities, seem identical, but the globe of soul fruit we make, each is elaborately unique.”

The Essential Rumi – Reissue : New Expanded Version, Coleman Barks