February 19th – Rumi

There are people who possess brilliant minds. There are also people who possess the ability to express themselves simply and comprehensively. I find it fascinating when these people are one and the same – when brilliant minded people have the ability to share their wisdom in a simple and comprehensive manner.

One such fascinating person was Rumi, a thirteenth century Persian poet, who is still sharing his wisdom with us today. (Amazingly, his wisdom is as relevant now as it was in the thirteenth century.)

A year ago, I shared a few of my favourite Rumi quotes in this blog post. Simply brilliant words of wisdom.


There was one quote that has stayed with me for the past year and has had a profound effect on me and my life.

β€œIt’s your road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi

My first thought was ‘obviously’. We are all responsible for our own lives. We are responsible for the choices we make and we are responsible for the consequences of those choices. Others can walk with us, but it is our life and inevitably we have to ‘own it’.

But then…. I had this realization. Everyone has their own road. Not just me…. πŸ™„

Everyone has their own road, even the people I care about – even my sons and my daughter and my grandchildren. They have to walk their own road. Even on those occasions when I can walk it with them, I cannot walk it for them. I cannot choose the paths they take and I cannot save them from the wrong turns they will inevitably make. They have the right to walk their own roads and the responsibility to deal with the consequences – for better or worse.

It has been a few difficult years for me (parenting wise), but Rumi’s words have helped me to put things into perspective and it has made all the difference. I am on my road and have faith that those I love are on the roads that they need to be on, to ultimately get them where they need to go.

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!πŸ’ž


28 thoughts on “February 19th – Rumi

  1. You are right that everyone has their own road to walk. Some seem to stay on their road where others (like me) have made some zig-zags and experienced some rough consequences because of it. From experience I learned traveling our road is much easier when we don’t try to walk roads that we are not meant to walk and leave that to whomever they are meant for. That is a great quote to keep in mind always.

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  2. I have learned a lot of things the hard way too. I have made my share of zigs and zags and lived to tell about them. πŸ™„ But for me the hardest thing is staying off of other’s roads. I have always been pretty good about letting others make poor decisions. And then I would take the consequences because it was easier than watching someone I cared about struggle. (Or learn from their zigs and zags). πŸ₯΄

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  3. There is a very famous old time song I often hum to myself to remind me of this truth. “You have to walk this lonesome valley, You have to walk it by yourself, Cause nobody else can walk it for you, You have to walk it by yourself.”

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  4. I don’t remember hearing that before but it sounds beautiful. It is funny how we know things, we teach them to our children – but we somehow lose sight of them. I will have to see if I can find that song on You Tube. Some things stick better if set to a tune. 🎼

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