We are always aware of our intention, our effort, and our impact. Seven years in and we have learned to accept nature on her terms, and to remain grateful and open to the gifts and challenges of living as part of an intentional enclosed urban ecosystem. The most important intention is always gratitude. I am reminded of this by this powerful poem translation by 14th Century Persian poet, Rumi:

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.

— Rumi

[/media-credit] The beauty and chaos of change. It is predictable in large samples but without wisdom it is just … well, chaos.

This is a perfect meditation for a life lived with purpose amongst change and chaos. The moment we become angry victims in our own hearts is the moment we become MOST VULNERABLE and chaotic. It’s importabt to reframe this intention. Consider change as your rent in this world. No one lives for free, and just because you don’t know that does NOT mean there is no cost. Rumi knew this. We live this truth.

Be grateful and open to change, this season and every season. Change is the currency of nature. It cannot be collected only leveraged. Change or destroy. Like a river or a flood. It is up to us to see the wisdom and be the change.


  • Thank you so much for this poem and your reflection so beautifully written, Jim. It’s serendipitous that you posted it on the morning of my dreaded milestone birthday. My head was filled with trepidations of the label “old age”, but you have reminded me to be grateful for how blessed I’ve been, and face the world with positivity. Thank you for the wise birthday gift!

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      Thank you, Ruth! I am proud if this one, but that I missed the opportunity to wish you a happy birthday. You and your friendship are one of the many things I am grateful for.

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