“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ― Rumi
Maybe it’s because it has been raining for days.
Or maybe because I’ve been thinking and talking about belonging and identity.
Anyway, these beautiful words from Rumi appeared in my awareness. And when I read them, I think that it’s not one or the other for me.
I am both.
I am the entire ocean in a drop.
I’m aware that there is so much more in me, and in everyone, that I can’t even imagine. It goes beyond my ability to understand. And that’s perfect because not knowing is what allow me to take the risk and allow this bigger who to emerge.
But I am also a drop in the ocean.
I am part of the whole and the whole at the same time.
Even more, I am a drop in many oceans at the same time.
And again, there is much more in the ocean that goes beyond my imagination. And not knowing is what allow me to take the risk to plunge into the water with all the other drops and see where we can go together.
“Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret,
and in exchange gain the Ocean.
Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,
and in the arms of the Sea be secure.
Who indeed should be so fortunate?
An Ocean wooing a drop!
In God’s name, in God’s name, sell and buy at once!
Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.” ― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi