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Inspiring Rumi Quotes: You Were Born With Wings

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Today, I want to dive deep into a phrase that’s been buzzing in my mind recently.

“You were born with wings; why prefer to crawl through life?”

This spark of wisdom comes from our dear poet, Rumi.

If you’ve ever dipped your toes into Rumi’s world, you’d know he’s the master of dropping some serious life truths in the most magical ways.

Every time I dive into Rumi’s words, it feels like the first time!

He had an enchanting way of weaving profound life lessons into simple yet captivating words.

There is no denying that Rumi has always been my favorite poet – his quotes just have this timeless magic, don’t you think?

But what’s Rumi really getting at with this quote, “You were born with wings; why prefer to crawl through life?” and how can it sprinkle a little magic on our daily views?

Let’s dive in together and find out.

Who is Rumi?

Rumi, whose full name is Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic.

He was born in what’s now Tajikistan and later lived in Turkey.

He wrote a lot about love, the universe, and our connection to a higher power.


Rumi’s poetry has touched the hearts of readers worldwide for centuries.

He believed in the use of poetry, music, and dance as pathways to commune with God.

One of his big works is the “Mathnawi,” which some call the “Quran in Persian,” which is a multi-volume poetic exploration of spiritual teachings.

Another is the “Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi,” a poem about his teacher, Shams.

Even though Rumi wrote in Persian, his poems are now in many languages.

Rumi has gained significant popularity in Western countries, particularly in the United States, making him one of the most-read poets globally.

You Were Born With Wings

Have you ever watched a bird take flight for the first time?

There’s an initial hesitation, a rustling of feathers, and then an awe-inspiring leap into the skies.

Much like that bird, there’s a powerful saying that resonates with many of us: “You were born with wings; why prefer to crawl through life?”

At a glance, it might seem like just another poetic phrase from Rumi, but delve a little deeper, and there’s a world of wisdom waiting to be unraveled.


1. Embracing Our Spark

“You were born with wings” is Rumi’s way of saying, “Hey, you’re amazing!”

It’s all about recognizing the spark, the passion, the limitless potential within us.

Think back to childhood dreams, to moments when everything felt possible.

That’s the essence of our wings!

2. Why the Crawl?

Now, about the “crawling” bit. Life can be like a roller coaster, and sometimes, we might feel we’re just shuffling along.

But if we have these fab wings, why aren’t we using them more?

3. Those Sneaky Fears

Ah, fear and self-doubt, those pesky party crashers. T

hey pop in uninvited and make us question our capabilities.

Rumi whispers, “Hey, shake off those doubts. Take a chance!”

After all, every bird has its first clumsy flight, but then… oh, the soaring!

4. Pressure From Everywhere

We all feel it, right? The weight of what everyone expects us to be.

But here’s the thing: our journey, our flight path, is ours alone.

Rumi’s reminding us that it’s okay to fly a little differently, to chase our own horizons.

5. Spotting Life’s Wonders

Life’s bursting with delightful moments. A funny joke, a kind gesture, or a new hobby.

If we’re always head down, we might miss out. Spreading our wings means pausing, looking up, and savoring life’s joys.

6. Growing and Glowing

Crawling is where we start; it’s our baby steps.

But as we grow, there’s dancing, twirling, and maybe even a little cha-cha.

Rumi’s hinting: embrace the journey, evolve, and keep aiming for the stars.

Final Thoughts

So, my fabulous friend, as we float on Rumi’s wisdom, let’s reflect.

Are there dreams gathering dust? Hobbies waiting in the wings? It’s never too late.

Remember: life’s the grandest adventure.

Even if we wobble a bit, let’s not forget those wings waiting for their moment in the sun.

And as we part, here’s a little sprinkle of inspiration:

“What if I fall? Oh, but what if you soar?”

Here’s to breezy skies, dreamy flights, and all the giggles in between.

Cheers to you and your incredible wings!

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