I know recently I have taken a slightly more relaxed approach to blogging and haven’t been posting as often as I’d like to, I’ve been struggling to find the time! Working, raising two beautiful monsters and taking on a slightly different project, has left little time to post frequently.
Yesterday I opened a comment left by the lovely Cloud and Sunshine who challenged me to a three day quote challenge! Those who really know me, know that I LOVE challenges and quotes… I couldn’t refuse.
Today I have chosen a quote from Rumi, a very famous, 13th century, Persian poet. They say he is the master of metaphors and it is easy to see why. Through this quote Rumi offers two different ways of approaching the same situation, with each yielding different outcomes.
Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers not thunder.
This quote means so many things to me and I hope it has the same effect on you too.
When angry it is not uncommon to be reactive and raise your voice, whether or not you feel your opinion is correct, great points become masked by actions. The reference to ‘thunder’ in my opinion is your reaction; impulsive, (negatively) impactful and forceful in nature.
In a state of anger things can rapidly progress from valid, logical points… to shouting out absurdities. Your approach becomes a reflection of you as a person and you can easily lose perspective.
My interpretation of what Rumi meant by ‘Raise your words’ is that you should think through what you are saying, deliver the words in a calm and collected manner (every time I am angry I need to refer to this quote and take heed!). Afterall once things are said they cannot be unsaid and can leave a lasting effect on others too. If you stay dignified and composed, initially your words might be drowned out by the person who is shouting and angry, later your points will be more likely considered as you have remained rational throughout the disagreement.
I know many people do not like to take part in challenges so I invite all my followers and friends, if you would like to take part in the three day quote challenge then please do. I look forward to reading your favourite quotes in the comments section below and to my blogger friends I look forward to reading your posts!
For Day Two of the Three Day Quote Challenge go here
For Day Three of the Three Day Quote Challenge go here