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You Were Born with Potential


You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
Your were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so donít.
You have wings.
Learn to use them, and fly.

This poem is in the public domain.

Mawlânâ Jalâl ad-Dîn Muhammad Balkhî, better known as Rumi, (1207 – 1273) was born in Afghanistan but was forced into a nomadic life as a child because his family feared Mongol invasion and general political unrest. Ultimately, Rumi settled in what is now the country of Turkey, where he became a teacher, musician, spiritual leader, and poet. Profoundly affected by meeting Persian poet Attar as a teenager, and by his friendship with an Iranian mystic later on, Rumi produced massive amounts of letters, lectures, and poetry on the purpose and meaning of life. Eight centuries later, his poems are still read and revered around the world.



Post New Comment:
Joan Luther:
Rumi fan! Wisdom speaks through his years
Posted 02/22/2024 08:25 PM
Concise, powerful, and uplifting!
Posted 02/22/2024 06:42 PM
michael escoubas:
I like Rumi. His poetry is refreshingly down-to-earth, fraught with simply stated wisdom. Thank you for sharing a sample of his work, Jayne.
Posted 02/22/2024 02:16 PM
Marvelous. No crawling!
Posted 02/22/2024 10:31 AM
Larry Schug:
There is good reason we're still reading Rumi's poems 800 years after his death. We'll probably still be reading them in another eight centuries (if we're smart and still around, that is).>
Posted 02/22/2024 07:44 AM
Jane H Fitzgerald:
So timely, especially now.
Posted 02/22/2024 07:11 AM

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