Hafiz seems to be saying that the rain should not brood about its cycle and neither should we. With our abundant lives and all of our opportunities to participate in life, what is this choosing to worry about the afterlife or surprising turns of events? We do not get the time we spent distressed in this manner back. It is just gone - off to feed monsters within us - while the appreciation for our lives is left to molder and starve under the weight of such worries.
We have been born to live and to enjoy what we can in each moment. The weight of daily living and our heartfelt concerns for those suffering daily do not disperse with our worrying about them. We need to stay aware, of course, but we are not required to wear our concerns about our necks like an albatross. We might want to consider choosing our thoughts wisely and aim towards appreciating and balancing terror and sorrow with what is clearly our blessings. I does no one any good to indulge dosing ourselves with toxic thinking about a consequence that is an empty, manufactured construction designed to keep us sad and contained. Maybe we could love where we have landed equally; be grateful and cultivate curiosity and passion while still holding space for those in pain.
Enjoy the night as much as you can...
Thank you for listening.
Music: Do you have any idea how many songs are written about the rain? I thought of this one first and I then thought, "No. Too cheesy." ...but, you know? In perusing the options, it is the exact right song for this post. I'm reminded as I watched this film clip of Gene Kelly crooning and dancing to "Singin' In The Rain" that inspired the 1950's movie of the same name, that staying in love with life is a goal. Even though it is not an easy one when the world presses in on us with its shade, it is a worthy discipline to keep our balance. You have probably seen this classic clip hundreds of times but see if a little light doesn't open up within you in the few minutes while watching it. You're welcome.
....Come on with the rain,
I've a smile on my face...
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.