The Whirling Dervishes of the US Army

When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
NEVER GIVE UP!
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert! 
–Rumi

Soldiers practice parachute landing falls after donating toys for an opportunity to earn foreign jump wings during Operation Toy Drop at Pope Field, N.C., on Dec. 7. This was the 15th year for the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, during which toy donations were collected and distributed to children and families in need. The toy drop also gave U.S. paratroopers the opportunity to jump with foreign jumpmasters. Soldiers donated a new toy in exchange for a chance to jump with a foreign jumpmaster and earn foreign jump wings.
Soldiers practice parachute landing falls after donating toys for an opportunity to earn foreign jump wings during Operation Toy Drop at Pope Field, N.C., on Dec. 7. This was the 15th year for the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, during which toy donations were collected and distributed to children and families in need. The toy drop also gave U.S. paratroopers the opportunity to jump with foreign jumpmasters. Soldiers donated a new toy in exchange for a chance to jump with a foreign jumpmaster and earn foreign jump wings.

What the sayer of praise is really praising is himself,
by saying implicitly,
My eyes are clear.

Likewise, someone who criticizes is criticizing
himself, saying implicitly, “I can’t see very well
with my eyes so inflamed.
–Rumi

Konya’s Whirling Dervishes
Konya’s Whirling Dervishes

And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky. 
–Rumi