"Why do you stay in prison while the door is so wide open?" - Rumi

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  1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image80
    Kimberly Vaughnposted 6 years ago

    "Why do you stay in prison while the door is so wide open?" - Rumi

    What do you think this question/quote means and how can it be lived?

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    JThomp42posted 6 years ago

    What this quote means to me is the world is full of opportunities, so why sit on the sidelines waiting for an opportunity to be set in your lap. You have to get out there and work hard to get what you want out of life.

    1. ReneeDC1979 profile image60
      ReneeDC1979posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I like your response JThomp42.  I didn't even think of the question that way -but so true.

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      JThomp42posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much Renee.

  3. ReneeDC1979 profile image60
    ReneeDC1979posted 6 years ago

    I look at this question as an opportunity to analyze your faith and your relationship with God.  Because he gives us free will, we have the choice to say yes or no to Him.  It is up to us to accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

  4. tsmog profile image79
    tsmogposted 6 years ago

    With a bit of jest, because 'I am the gate keeper.'

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    Garifaliaposted 6 years ago

    Perhaps Rumi wanted to point out that most of us are locked inside social norms while real life is about the freedom of acceptance and living without rigid social limits. I must admit I have tried to overcome and override several of such rigid norms in my society.

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image80
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That is what I was thinking also!

  6. safiq ali patel profile image70
    safiq ali patelposted 6 years ago

    Why do you stay trapped when the door is wide open and you are free to move and leave. Is that what you are asking....?

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image80
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'm wondering what you think this quote by Rumi means and how it can be lived?

    2. safiq ali patel profile image70
      safiq ali patelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's just that why stay in a cold prison when the door is wide open and you can go to better.? It's a heavy one. Was Rumi a philosopher....?

    3. Kimberly Vaughn profile image80
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Rumi was a 13th century Persian Muslim Poet, Jurist, Theologian, and Sufi Mystic. In 2007 he was described as the most popular poet in America.

    4. safiq ali patel profile image70
      safiq ali patelposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Kimberly Vaughn for filling me in as to who Rumi was....

  7. baygirl33 profile image56
    baygirl33posted 6 years ago

    We stay because it is safer there and because we are so used to our environment that we hardly think of leaving. Often we don't even know the door is open.
    It happens with animals in a zoo. They will not notice except by accident that the door is open because they are not used to it being open.It's almost like they can't believe it is really open. So they stay caged.

    1. Kimberly Vaughn profile image80
      Kimberly Vaughnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That is a great example baygirl33!

 
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