“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” – Rumi

I’ve been writing a lot of poetry lately. It’s funny (maybe funny isn’t the right word) because I wrote poetry as a teenager. I didn’t think much of it; it was a creative outlet I used from time to time when I was overwhelmed. It’s also funny (maybe funny isn’t the right word) because I used to collect pens as a kid. I must have had at least 150 pens I stored in an old Reebok shoebox. Here’s what I noticed about those pens: they were free (my dad gave many to me or I would help myself when I visited him at work); they were colorful; some were heavy; some were light; some were thick; some were thin; some wrote black; some wrote blue; some had a pencil, pen, and highlighter combination (!); some had labels; and some were blank. Yet the amazing thing is those pens all accomplished the same purpose: putting words and heart from the inside and bringing them out.

I’m not quite sure what happened to my childhood treasure shoebox. I might still have it tucked away somewhere. But one thing I know for sure is I wish I had opened up that box more. I saved those pens for a “special day” that never came.

Had writing been a calling since I was young? Who knows. I just happen to like that story and the “irony” of it all.

Anyway, back to poetry. I’ve never taken a poetry class nor do I intend to. My life is my teacher and my heart is my classroom. I am the student.

Though his words are from the 13th century, Rumi’s poetry speaks to me. I find his words come alive. They resonate deeply within me. I recently came across an author, creative storyteller, and fellow admirer of Rumi, Adam Siddiq. His understandings of Rumi’s words are beautiful.

A little note about courage:

It takes tremendous courage to allow life to unfold within you.

It takes tremendous courage to take life by the horns and follow your heart.

It takes tremendous courage to step into your lovely piece of life’s ever-expanding puzzle.

It takes tremendous courage to honor all and their unique journeys.

It takes tremendous courage to ask questions about life’s mysteries.

To tell someone how you feel about him or her.

To say yes.

To say no.

To hold on.

To let go.

And as Rumi alluded, it takes tremendous courage to break your heart open.

Life isn’t about taking personally. It’s about personally taking to life…

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