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This Too Shall Pass

It’s been said that the only constant in the universe is change.  Knowing this has helped me through many difficult times, the understanding that all things are temporary and transient.

It’s been a great comfort when I was in times of financial and emotional stress.  Just keep going and things will eventually work out somehow.  And in a way, it always has.  I’m still here and those things have passed.

But today I realized that this proverb can, and should, be used for the good times too.  And there’s no reason whatsoever to be sad about it.  Grasping at things is where suffering and sadness reside.

Awareness of the fact that nothing is permanent, nothing is guaranteed, and nothing belongs to you forever is what makes everything about life worth living.  It’s the show we’re all here to watch.  It’s the game we’re all here to play.  And we’re here to be in awe of all of it.

you are here

Rumi said it better than I ever could so I’ll just leave you with this to go into your weekend and live like there’s no tomorrow (because some day there won’t be, for you at least):

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

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