Imagine this: A barely-there town high in the mountains. Beside the town’s one paved road sits a house. On the front porch of that house are a washing machine, a hog, and a dog. The hog weighs several hundred pounds. His pink skin is visible through his white hair. He naps in the morning sun next to the dog.
Imagine this: Just down the road from the house with the hog is a coffee shop. Inside the coffee shop is a bathroom and inside that bathroom is a toilet bowl that glows with a blue neon light. When you sit down you discover it’s heated. Yes, an actual heated toilet seat.
Some things are just hard to believe.
My dad didn’t believe me when I told him there was a hog, “A REAL PIG!” on the front porch of the house in the mountains of Colorado. He turned the rental car around. The hog and the dog opened their eyes and lifted their heads to catch a glimpse of us as we drove passed, mouths agape.
He also didn’t believe me when I told him the animal running along the side of the road on our way to the small mountain town was a coyote. “Are you sure it wasn’t a fox?” What are the chances!?! A coyote, a pet hog, and a heated toilet seat all in the same day. Back on the mountain road we passed a highway clean-up sign: “Skeptics and atheists of Durango.” I laughed in disbelief. Some things are just hard to believe.
Imagine this: “What you want: the clarity, the abundance, the love, the desire to make a difference in the world…wants you as much as you want it!” Dr. Mary Ayers proclaims, “What you want—wants you,” with the peppy conviction of a life coach. It’s not an easy concept to embrace, the notion that the new job, creative passion, or retirement windfall we desire is pursuing us with the fervor of a soul mate longing to find his or her match. It sounds fantastical. It sounds ludicrous.
Eight hundred years ago Rumi, the Sufi mystic, said, “What you seek is seeking you.” He looked at the universe through the eyes of a poet and saw how desire and the divine are windows into each other. One follows the other. Or, as Dr. Ayers suggests, the divine follows desire. Where your heart is, there the sacred follows. So, yes, I do believe Rumi and Dr. Ayers. I believe because we live in a world where coyotes run free and a pet hog naps on someone’s front porch. I believe that what you want—wants you.