Our (Western) world is very much focused on ‘further on!’. As if it is always possible to do better, have more and grow taller. This is how we often miss what is here, in front of us. We miss what is already present. We might just step on a beautiful mushroom that finds itself at our feet.
This poem supports you to calibrate: find the balance between ‘further on’ and ‘here’. Both have something to offer. A food balance will ensure, that you don’t miss the opportunities that are already present; in you or around you.
This poem dates from the 13th century. Apparently this topic is from all times and maybe from all cultures.
Infinite mercy flows continually
But you’re asleep and can’t see it.
The sleeper’s robe goes on drinking river water
While he frantically hunts mirages in dreams
And runs continually here and there shouting,
“There’ll be water further on, I know!”
It’s this false thinking that blocks him
From the path that leads to himself,
By always saying, “Further on!”
He’s become estranged from “here”:
Because of a false fantasy
He’s driven from reality.
– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey)