Media, Poems

What If I Am Not Sadness?

What if I am not sadness?
What if I am not grief?
What if I am not my victim’s story
Nor am I my pain?

What if they are all part of me but not fully me?
What if I am just me?

What if I am joy without reason…happiness in all seasons?
What if I am love for all?
What if I laugh for no reason and all reasons?
What if they are all part of me?

What if I don’t hate my enemy?
What if I forgive?
What if I am clear about my right and my wrong
And still see me?

What if my actions are not defined vis-à-vis him or her?
What if they are defined vis-à-vis my truth?
What if I am fully free?
How will I be?

What if I see without judgment?
Love without reasons?
What if I give and receive without worry?
What if I can be all and still be me?

What if this is it?
What if this is perfect?
What if I don’t doubt?
What if I just believe?

How would life be if I let it be?
How would I be in I accept fully me?
What would I be if today I am free?
What if this is the new story?

— Zainab Salbi from If You Knew Me You Would Care

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
— Rumi (The Essential Rumi)


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
— Rumi (The Essential Rumi)