Letters To Tom — Broaden Horizons

Dear Tom:

Thanks for the poetry of Rumi who said,

If you want to be afraid,
fear the existence you have now.
Your hopes for the future,
Your memories of the past,
what you call your self,
are nothing.
So nothing is being taken from nothing,
and a nothing is being absorbed by a nothing.

I am not sure I completly understand your Sufi wisdom, But I do understand about the need to broaden my horizons. (One of Suzy’s favorite phrases.) Not unlike my own situation, life’s cirumstances sometimes open one up to a totally new view of ourselves, our relationships, or our occupation. Often this is a result of great love, great pain, or as in my case coming to grips with mortality. It is important rather than fearing the opening, that we use the opporrtunity to find the key to the door that leads to God’s purpose for our life.

As we explore our true self we fiind it unsettling. We find sometimes that the true image of ourselves is more than we can bear. That is because some parts of our true self do not open up in a harmonious way. How do we overcome this reluctance to be totally open to ourselves? One suggestion is to bring all aspects of our being to a common place first and allow each aspect to participate in forming the whole. This is much like bringing a lot of diverse ingredients together in a mixing bowl to form the makings of a gourmet delight.

Finally we take that leap of faith into the unknown by allowing the mixture of aspects to be exposed. In so doing we begin to take that first step to our true destiny.

Your friend,


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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