What better way to initiate a series than with this bit of poetry by Rumi?

If you think of the rose,
you will become the rose.
If you think of the nightingale,
you will become the nightingale.

Pensi alla rosa,
Diventerai la rosa.
Pensi all’usignolo,
Diventerai l’usignolo.

~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi