Rumi

 

“There is one thing in this world that you must never forget
to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s
nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything
else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in
your life.

It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a
task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the
one he sent you to do. So human beings come to this world
to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each
is specific to the person. If you don’t do it, it’s as though
a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat.
It’s a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one
filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It’s
a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang
things on.

You say, “But look, I’m using the dagger. It’s not lying
idle.” Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny
an iron nail could be bought to serve the purpose. You
say, “But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study
jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy
and medicine and all the rest.” But consider why you do
those things. They are all branches of yourself.

Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of
your lord. Give your life to the one who already owns your
breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be like
the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into
his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You’ll
be wasting valuable keenness and foolishly ignoring your
dignity and your purpose.” ~ Rumi

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