nineteen days

day five

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 6, 2009

“If you plant a seed in the ground, a tree will become manifest from that seed. The seed sacrifices itself to the tree that will come from it. The seed is outwardly lost, destroyed; but the same seed which is sacrificed will be absorbed and embodied in the tree, its blossoms, fruit and branches. If the identity of that seed had not been sacrificed to the tree which became manifest from it, no branches, blossoms or fruits would have been forthcoming.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá


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amy: free from the hustle and bustle of workers, and traffic, and people, the first muted, early hours of the day give my thoughts peace. in the usually noisy city, even the busiest of avenues communicate a sense of calm. long stretches of nearly empty asphalt, with few taxis moving lazily along, stop lights changing their rules according to some privately agreed dance. the few people up are groggy, cold, walking speedily to reach their destination: work, the train, home. few noises break that quiet, but they blend in, part of that early morning, big city routine. garbage trucks, delivery vans, a lonesome siren, the occasional dog bark.  the city slowly awakes up as golden light creeps along its streets, squeezing through the gaps between the tall buildings. i love this new york, so unusual, so gorgeous, a small reward for those starting or ending their day at such an unreasonable hour,

na’im: I started off my day with a cappuccino and a hike. As the hours rolled on, I found myself falling victim to irritability – something I can usually attribute to low blood sugar, thus avoiding censure (and earning a snack). However, in these days of sacrifice, it seems pertinent to overcome these physiological dependencies and remain constantly gracious and detached. The Fast represents the daily life that I strive to live throughout the year, not simply a purified way of living for 19 days. Such a life requires tenacity and vigilance in order not to slip back into ingratitude, selfishness, and Canadian vehicular passive-aggression.

leila: today i feel so utterly grateful for the endless blessings in my life—the Faith, our family, our health, nature’s beauty, dear friends, cold air and clear skies, growing older, clean and pretty new linen, my baby’s smiles, and the pure feeling of happiness.

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  1. Daniel said, on March 7, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I am growing into an addict of your blog guys: you sometimes post your daily inspiration at “Verona’s” European morning time but today as I woke up I had to suffer withdrawal symptoms and only received your much needed post after midday.

    But the wait was worth it!

    By the way Amy, loved your description of New York at dawn.

  2. Shirin said, on March 7, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I’ve been quietly admiring all your photos for the past 5 day but i can keep my quiet no longer…that dawn photo amy is absolutely breath taking…gave me goose bumps:)

  3. Shirin Youssefian Maanian said, on March 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

    WOW! Thank you guys! I love all 3 dawn photos! Always come to this page before I go to say extra prayers in the middle of the day! Gives me a boost!

  4. shirin s. said, on March 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

    wowee! i am the 3rd shirin to comment! na’im you already know that i think those shots are gorgeous…Leila the one of the sheets is so lovely…amy your dawn one is beautiful…all in all the most complimentary set of all time!

  5. Todd B. said, on March 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Amy–I can feel that same sense of big city wonder during the fast. It really puts the metro in perspective.
    Na’im–You’re not alone in fighting irritability–so far this is the first year I seem to have avoided it. Keep it up.

  6. Sarah said, on March 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful! The quote is wonderful, the photographs meditative and the comments are so personal-thank you for doing this; it is such a treat.

  7. Layli Samimi said, on March 7, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    guest photographers named na’im are the best guest photographers.

  8. Debby Hastings said, on March 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Hello Friends, What a delightful surprise to come across your blog on my daughter’s blog mudspice.wordpress.com It’s a hot and muggy noon here in Malaysia, as usual, and I was ready to take in some inspiration. Thanks for the insightful comments and amazing photographs that lift the spirit into a higher realm. Wonderful food for the soul!

  9. applebread said, on March 8, 2009 at 3:29 am

    I came back to this before saying my prayers for breaking. This is food for the soul.

  10. amysahba said, on March 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Daniel – thank you for your visits and support! and sorry for the late posting… weekends we get a bit lazy around here!

    Shirin – thank you so much shirin, and thanks for leaving a comment… it means a lot to all of us!

    Shirin Youssefian Maanian – i love how all over the world people are coming here to get some inspiration! i am truly inspired by everyone’s thoughts and comments!

    shirin s. – thanks dear! apprerantly you guys live in some kind of paradise… namo’s morning shot is gorgeous!

    Todd B. –

    Amy–I can feel that same sense of big city wonder during the fast. It really puts the metro in perspective.
    Na’im–You’re not alone in fighting irritability–so far this is the first year I seem to have avoided it. Keep it up.
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    Sarah – you are MOST welcome!

    Layli Samimi – apart from the ones named layli!

    Debby Hastings – hi debby! thanks for visiting us all the way from Malaysia!

    applebread – 🙂

  11. Amy said, on March 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Lovely lovely lovely. The pictures and words are all uplifting and inspiring – and gives one a sense of connection with fasters all over the world. Thank you for that. Amy – your description of New York was particularly eloquent and beautiful. So much love!

  12. melly said, on March 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

    hullo amy, i’ve been quietly reading… it’s such a nice little community you all created. i feel i have to whisper so as not to disturb. i love day five – what you wrote is almost magic, the words danced off your tongue or fingertips of sorts. Keep going!

  13. Chop$ said, on March 9, 2009 at 9:42 am

    **double post – hopefully with fixed link**

    I second what Layli said – some of the best Canadians are called Na’im. His English
    proficiency levels are off the charts! All of the photographs are ill..

  14. nemoDreamer said, on March 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    (woohoo, i get to comment after chops!)

    Amy, i loved your early NYC morning prose…
    Everybody’s contributions are so special! thank you for this wonderful blog 🙂
    (my stomach growls with approval.)

  15. leili said, on March 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

    This set is so integrated and interconnected it’s scary.

    Na’im, I love how your lower photo seems to be a piece of your upper one. Chunk of rock up close and far away. Interestingly, your photos are VERY Na’imy to me. Isn’t it interesting that one practically would not need labels on these photos to know who took them?


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