3 Quotes From 'The Forty Rules Of Love' That Changed My Thinking.
The lessons for everyone from the novel of Rumi.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elf Shafak is a remarkable work with loads of lessons at every page. The book in question deeply influenced my life.
Rumi and his poetry literally set the soul in action but lessons in this book are actionable too. The best thing about it is seeing a historic hero as a fictional character.
The second I open my copy of this book, the highlights on every always greet me. Liners from this book have deep meanings.
The few quotes with their little words and tons of philosophy impacted my life in many ways. And I hope they are practical for you as well.
#1. Be the flow
“Do not go with the flow. Be the flow.” -Elf Shafak
Finding your voice, your inner self is crucial for a better living. We, humans, want to blend in with the crowd, but we don’t know how much we would have to sacrifice our true selves.
Following the crowd sometimes won’t take us where we want to go. When you go on your own, the crowd tends to follow you.
#2. Be Careful With Your Words
“The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time.” -Elf Shafak
Yes, we all know about words but not everything about them touches our hearts. Everyone advises us to choose words wisely.
What if we are warned of an invisible yet possible way of payback? Words do come back. It may take some time but kind and cruel words both find their way back.
#3. Let the change shape you.
“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” -Elf Shafak
Changes are not always welcomed. We don’t know how we would end up with them. But who knows which way is better? Risks are meant to be taken. What can not be cured must be endured!
Rumi’s work and work about Rumi continues to resonate. Some quotes never cease to inspire and these three are among them.
I hope you admired them too. Thanks for reading!