Walking With Intention Day 6 by Sonya Kassam

A Letter From God

by Sonya Kassam of Follow Your Shadow


Dear Traveler,

Do you wonder where you are headed, where you will end up? I sense you are afraid that you don’t know your purpose and worse, that you feel you may not even have any. Why your destination does not seem obvious when those around you seem to have it all figured out? Or have they?

You are worried that what you do not know far exceeds what you do know? That is only the first step to be a seeker. But wait, you have no need to be a seeker. Simply allow yourself to be found. “How?” I hear you ask. Come rest a while, sit beside me. Advice is always free, mistakes may be costly, but only if they don’t teach you anything.

See the road before you? Keep your eye on the path and there is no need to focus on any destination. Destinations keep changing, indeed some journeys have no end. All you got to do is keep walking on and look around you appreciatively. Be not in a hurry, never ever hurt or distress others. This is in fact the easy part. The more difficult task is not to distress or hurt your own self. Remember you are your harshest critic.

What you gather along the way, be mindful of the fact that it is not you. Never confuse your experiences, thoughts and memories for yourself. As you walk all will be shed in good time, no reason to mourn for nothing is truly lost. How will you be found if you are well underneath all these layers?

And sometimes you should stop and dance like Shiva, the Lord of Dance. Let the entire creation shake in your own rhythm. When you sing let it be a meaningful and uninhibited Hallelujah. A time will come when you will need to resist. Then do so with the courage and intention of Hussain*. Fight reluctantly, only after all other means have failed but without fear, stand up for justice and against oppression. Though you are merely a grain in the bigger picture, you are a unique grain with an ability to transform the entire scene.

Moving every step forward, let my fragrance infuse into your very being but take care not to allow religion to taint you or instill fear. Blemished beliefs are the birthplace of bias and bigotry. Devotion could lie in serving others, words of prayer may be recited instinctively rather than habitually. Don’t merely pray, you have to become your prayer.

Take the help of your ego to propel you further. Yes you heard right, it’s not such a bad thing, use your ego. It is helpful in boosting your confidence especially with the doubters and the envious all around you. But then, you should also know when to discard it. Don’t permit the ego to feed upon you, replace it at once with dignity. Believe in yourself and bow before no one.

We still got a way to go, never look back except to check if you have left your footprints behind. Indelible and eternal they will become if you have been able to create something on your journey. Creativity equates you with me like nothing else, after all I am the ultimate Creator am I not?

It’s not a bad idea if you peek towards the future, don’t worry if you see nothing. Carry a dream, or even two, there is no baggage allowance limit on our journey 🙂 Though they may be fragile, dreams are easy to rebuild. All it requires is imagination… and a touch of hope, such a great companion to travel with.

And so I must ask you a question. Did you notice that though your intention was that you should be found, you never actually let it guide your way? Here’s the thing…the more you intend, the less likely it is to happen. Sometimes I love to have a laugh at your expense. So keep your plans a secret from me and we will get along just fine!

I have finally found you, my dear companion. This “God” gets lonely sometimes with everyone constantly seeking and fighting and humbling themselves (and too right, I see through their pretentiousness). All I ever wanted was for you to allow me to find you, bare and unlayered.

With much love,



Sonya Profile PicSonya Kassam of Follow Your Shadow

I was born in Mombasa and live in Nairobi, Kenya. Fortunate to have 2 beautiful daughters, I enjoy listening to music, reading and drinking tea…lots of tea.

I am a former banker, creativity came to me much later in life. I have been writing poetry as a regular hobby since mid-2012. I have written very little prose, simply because I like to hide behind the ambiguity that poetry offers.




Written for Walking With Intention.  If you’d like to be a part of the challenge, find more info here: Walking With Intention.  But first leave a comment and let Sonya know how you feel about what she said, and be sure to visit her over at Follow Your Shadow when you’re done.


About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Presenting ourselves bare and unlayered before God is a beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing your spirituality of universalism, and loving for rather than fighting for God. Reminders we all need to keep in mind as we walk the path.

      1. I’m remembering Sreejit’s earlier prompt asking us to write out of our comfort zone. You did that on this one too! And the end result was a powerful post!

          1. I agree. It is so easy to say words and another to live it. I am guilty of it too and have to remind myself daily to step back and practice what I say I believe. Sometimes I succeed, and others, not so much. However, I keep trying so I hope that is a good step.

  2. “And sometimes you should stop and dance like Shiva, the Lord of Dance. Let the entire creation shake in your own rhythm.”

    I felt your rhythm through this wonderful, powerful post. Thank you for sharing, no doubt your words will affect many people in many different ways which shows, one grain can indeed change everything.

  3. Such lovely words of wisdom and yet so light to digest. Mistakes are lessons and only costly if we have not learned from them, so true. Destinations do change all the time and if only we could enjoy the journey rather than focus only on the destination, we miss out on so much. Your prose are poetic to the eye and calming to the ears when read aloud.

  4. Sonya, this is so beautiful and uplifting. You are serving such good food for the spirit. I agree with those above regarding the many nuggets of wisdom that are offered here. I won’t mention all that moved me, but there were a few occasions when I got teary-eyed. It is so easy to move too fast, to work too hard, to let the simple pleasures of existence escape you in the haze of responsibility, to forget to be still; but when you start to loose sight and you are reminded of the proper perspective, it is indeed stirring. Of the many wonderful notions expressed, one which stood out as quite clever and insightful to me was, “Creativity equates you with me like nothing else, after all I am the ultimate Creator am I not?” It’s just one of those things that never crossed my mind, and I think it’s a really cool observation. I’m so glad you unfolded a layer for us to see a little deeper into your beauty.

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