by Gabe Berman – the author of Live Like a Fruit Fly

Used By The Force

The universe moves through us all, as we move through it.

Admittedly, I’ve been reading a lot of Rumi lately, but these words came to me when I was lying on the floor with Teva, my sister’s golden retriever.

We were nose to nose, breathing the same air, as I pet his Haagen-Dazs smooth head.

His eyes shut tightly when my hand approached his pupils. It was the universe protecting his precious vision.


Without thought and without hesitation, the universe moved through him.

And when I stopped petting him for a moment, when I found myself needing to stare at him in silent, motionless awe, he’d eventually swat at me with his polar bear sized paw. Nudging me to get back to the business at hand.

A deliberate, calculated choice. Movement through the universe.

Hundreds of years ago, Rumi said that life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

Action and surrender.

A surrendering to unseen forces moving through us all.

The force that closes Teva’s eyes for him. The force that solves problems for us in unforeseeable ways which make all of our worrying seem wasteful.

Maybe it’s finally time to heed Rumi’s words. We’ve got the “holding on” part of the equation down pat, but ’tis the season to master “letting go”.

In Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman shares his recipe for living a more joyful, worthwhile, and abundant life in every way. A witty, entertaining, and insightful read.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


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