Quit Living In Circles

Aren’t you tired?

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Rumi, Translated By Coleman Barks

Aren’t you tired?

Tired to wake up in the morning and go to bed at the end of the day. To fit life in the middle of it. Yet somehow forget to live.

Tired of trying your best to keep up. Yet you’re always scared about falling behind.

Tired of work.

Tired of breaks.

Tired of running in circles.

Why don’t you step aside?

Quit the circle.


Read a book.

Cook a meal.

Go for a walk.

Call a friend.

When was the last time you did something you love, without worrying about anything else.

We aren’t living in the moment, but merely passing time until the next hour.

Until the next task on our list.

Tear the list. Burn it.

Listen to the music that makes the world dance. Join in.

Observe those who are too busy to listen.

We are all but background voices for others. Better make music than noise.

Jump out of your circle. You’ll learn things you can’t in any other way. You will better understand the consequences of your choices.

You might not be ready to face it yet. You’ll find it difficult to survive out of your circle. You’ll panic. And try to get back inside. In fact you should hop in again, by all means.

Once you realise that you can always go back. Then you’ll understand that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you tried.

Although, all this stepping out and getting in will slow down your progress a bit. But have we ever wondered what the rush is all about, anyway?

What about speed limits?

You don’t want to break your neck after all.

While you do run the risk of losing your momentum, you might as well get lucky and find a beautiful field. A clear straight path.

Fall in love with it.

Then you’ll never have to run in circles again.

And if you don’t find it?

Well, there are always lessons to be learned. Lessons that will help you with your running.

Originally published at medium.com

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