Letters to Tom — Food

Dear Tom:

Sufi poet Ahmad Hatif writes: “When you begin the journey, take love along for food. Love makes easy what reason makes hard.” As we embark on an adventure, we hear a tiny voice shout, “How are you going to earn a living,” or “ What about your family?” or “ Wait a while.” A hundred cautions emanate from the internal voice we call “ the voice of reason.” The Sufi Hatif doesn’t say reason is a voice that shouldn’t be heard, just that its voice makes our journey hard. We need to lighten our load by also listening like the prophet Elijah who when in doubt listened for the “still, small voice” through which he heard the voice of God — the voice of Love.

We must open ourselves to hear God’s voice. To do this we breathe easily, with a feeling of devotion, and then simply ask for clear guidance. In silence, ultimately we will “hear” a voice becoming stronger and our bodies becoming more alive. We keep opening the heart until the message is clear and direct. Then we will be guided to where “love is the path, the rations, and the goal.”

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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