The Heart of the Matter
July 28, 2010
Who's a Turkey?


OK. Here I am in Istanbul.

Wow. Fabulous. Inspiring -- even if it seems like every Turkish word was created by someone who threw all the letters of the alphabet into a silk bag, shook, smoked, then randomly pulled out a few too many and gave them a definition.

Before I got here, Yoram Weiss suggested I check out the music of Omar Faruk Tekbilek -- a legendary Turkish master musician -- but as fate would have it, Omar is part of the Creative Music Studio (the group that invited me) and I will get to meet him in a few days. Talk about synchronicity!

While walking through Istanbul, levitating on two Turkish beers and thinking about nothing, the following made its way to me or vice versa.


Yes, you are the ocean --
there is no doubt about that.
Great waves within you, born before words,
are rising and falling.

But remember this:
you are also the undertow.

Something at the core of your being
is taking you far out to sea,
far beyond the sight of even those
who lovingly wait for your return.

Do not concern yourself with this, my friend.
Do not worry.
You are not drowning
when the water is over your head.
You are only immersed.


Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 28, 2010 02:43 PM


only immersed... yes!
thanks for the link to the music too. very cool!

Posted by: phil noble [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2010 08:26 PM

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