I often wonder

What if, when Rumi met Shams, after an hour of conversation, Shams said, "Well, I've got another appointment to go to. It's been nice talking; we should totally catch up sometime!"

Or Rumi calls Shams on the phone, while Shams is watching a football game, or surfing the web. "What's up?" "Not much." "That's cool."

Nowadays, we face and create a million barriers to intimacy. There's so much hanging out, so little mutual understanding. Rumi and Shams seem to be from an alien planet, but we're the aliens.