then, before the yes and no, the good and bad, the black and
white, the East and West, before our addiction to naming and
knowing and the curious claim people make that God is on their
side and their side only – there was only one thing, one infinite
expanse of grandeur, one breath. The human voice was silenced
with awe before it. I speak of presence and wonder and the state
of divine receptivity, being at home in ourselves and with
each other – what children feel before sleep, alone in their
bed, knowing their parents are awake in the next room. The place
where no fear of death abides, and even more importantly, no
fear of life.
this beginning is life – this fresh start that comes with
each and every breath, the only path there is, the one we make
by walking on it. The path Mohammed walked and Buddha. The path
Jesus walked and Krishna. Moses, Rumi, Kabir, Lao Tzu, The Ba’al
Shem Tov, Hafiz, Mother Theresa, Masters known and unknown,
YOU, your neighbors, your friends – each on fire with the possibility
of living life as it was meant to be, each ignited by the very
same power some call God – the God whose name lovers, no matter
what their path, scream at the height of their passion. The
God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Gypsy Rose Lee. The God of
Wizards. The God of Fools. Why the earth turns… and the Sufis…
and the seasons.
is this unreasonable force, this power of love, this mirror
of our selves to whom we pray even when we sleep, that joins
us all together here today. Why men with beards dig deeper underground
half a world a way and others penetrate the sky, each fueled
by what they think is noble enough to die for.
question, my friends, on this first day of the rest of your
life, is not what to die for, but what to live for. What is
your calling? Your dream? Your gift? Your personal responsibility?
The choice is yours. The messenger abides within you…comes to
your threshold…sneaks past the guards you’ve posted at love’s
door – and speaks:
cave you seek is the cave of the heart. The air you patrol
is your breath. Walk whatever path you choose, but know that
each step is also an arrival. Slow down. Breathe deep. Trust.
Give roses to people you barely know. Make someone tea. Embrace
humanity all you want, but don’t forget to embrace each other
– now, the only time there is. Let your weapon of choice be
cupid’s bow. See God in everyone. Have fun. Be real! Let go!
Live as if this was the first day of your life.. or the last.
Men, be men. Women, be women. Win the war inside you – the battle
between the darkness and the light. Rejoice in the undeniable
fact that you are alive. Find your voice. And when you do,
use it wisely. Sing! Praise! Dance! Do whatever you can to wake
up from the dream.