Be as you appear

So the irony. I may have been inspired and guided by the way you carried yourself: by a smile, the appearance of modesty, the appearance of humility, a kindness imagined. For I always believed we are as we appear.

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

Attributed to Rumi, but I have not verified

Appear as you are. Be as you appear to be. I was guided by appearances. Perhaps that was enough for me. Perhaps that was all that was needed.

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