I recently came across- with difficulty- some translated works of the eloquent Persian poet Hafez, and this particular one stuck with me: “Even after all this time, the Sun never says to the Earth (You owe me). Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.”
And I figured the sun and the earth need not necessarily be lovers. They could be a mother and a daughter, a brother and a sister, an employee and a mentor, a friend and a friend. And then there is this seemingly simplistic, yet very vital component of any healthy and prosperous relationship: let be. Be and let be.
Accepting others for who they are is no easy task, that’s for sure. But we give it our best shot. Because to each his forte and to each his flaws. And if we are to plant little seeds of long-lasting happiness in our lives, acceptance of others, as they are, is key for starters.
And then, more importantly, comes our keenness to help them flourish- in their own way, at their own pace.
And then when they do, those little seeds of happiness that we planted will grow a little.
And then “whenever happiness hears our names, it will be running through the streets trying to find us.” (caution: I might get stuck on Hafez!)