nineteen days

day thirteen

Posted in day thirteen, the fast - 2008 by amysahba on March 15, 2008

“The true seeker hunteth naught but the object of his quest, and the lover hath no desire save union with his beloved. Nor shall the seeker reach his goal unless he sacrifice all things. That is, whatever he hath seen, and heard, and understood, all must he set at naught, that he may enter the realm of the spirit, which is the City of God. Labor is needed, if we are to seek Him; ardor is needed, if we are to drink of the honey of reunion with Him; and if we taste of this cup, we shall cast away the world.”


amy: my life is out of my hands. our lives are out of our hands. it is so refreshing to remember that. to make plans, to hope, to look forward to the future is what i love to do, what i do that too often for my own good. i never want to forget to how to embrace this exact moment, today, right now.

leila: detachment seems to be the theme of my fast this year. it is perhaps an obvious one, with the whole Not Eating Whenever One Feels Like It thing, but i am feeling it on several levels. although i am with my beloved family, i am apart from my beloved husband. although i love taking pictures every day, every time i see amy’s images i think Wow, I Wish I Could Take Photos Like That. although i had expectations about what this time back at university was going to be like, i am having to let go of some of my preconceived ideas. because life? it doesn’t always match up with what i want.

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  1. Elizabeth said, on March 15, 2008 at 3:12 am

    I love the blue door. And that chair looks so comfy!

  2. leila said, on March 15, 2008 at 3:13 am

    it’s so unreal how our photos match up sometimes, amy. un-REAL. where were you with that fire?

    elizabeth, i love the blue door, too. and the chair is extremely comfy!

  3. Anne said, on March 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Amy and Leila, I love all your pictures. The one of the chair and the pillow by the bookshelf seems so comfy, I just love to read and can get lost in a book. What heaven to sit in a chair like that and read for hours! (and surprisingly, during the Fast, we have time for that). Thank you so much for your inspiration.

    I have always felt it would be very helpful to have as much social support as possible during the Fast. We have a wonderful community here that provides that, but there are few Baha’is in our general culture so other than those several wonderful times we get together with the community during the Fast, ultimately we do this alone. Now, thanks to the wonder of the internet we can reach out to one another, even on a daily basis! Thanks so much for the extra support and community. I look forward to your quotes and pictures and insights every day.


  4. amysahba said, on March 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    elizabeth – dont you just feel like you want to sit in that chair and read a book, or spend hours chatting with leila?

    leila – it blew my mind when i saw your picture of the logs. seriously?? we had a really nice evening with some friends here in Brooklyn, and they have a fireplace. i kid you not: i spent the whole night basically sitting on the flames 😉

    anne – we are so honored to be able to share this with everyone, and i know i’ve been so moved by the kind of response we’ve gotten. happy fasting!

  5. shirin said, on March 15, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    more coincidences! love it! the stacked firewood is so inviting, & that greenish door is so beautiful with it’s age…reminds me of brooklyn for some reason…

  6. Di said, on March 16, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I too love the blue door! The colour is great!! So happy to see all your beautiful photos!

  7. Rebekah said, on March 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    That blue door is fabulous! I think this might be my favorite set of photos so far…love the contrast of the browns/wood with the blue. That corner of the room looks so comfortable!

  8. leila said, on March 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

    shirin: don’t you just love the coincidences! i don’t think you’d find the stacked firewood so inviting if you saw how webbed it was with spiders’ silk. i also love that blue-ish green-ish door—i’ve never been to brooklyn, but it also puts me in mind of delightful nooks and crannies in a place like new york. or berlin.

    di: thank you! we are so happy to be taking them!

    rebekah: thank you for your kind words—isn’t it interesting how sometimes the colours in our photos harmonize like this? peacock blue and chocolate brown (i know it was in fashion in like 2004) is still a favourite colour-combo of mine. my mother is the guitar-player in the family—she is teaching herself to play on it, and she composes her own tunes to the Baha’i Writings as she strums. she sits in that armchair when she practices.

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