Friendship and relationship advice,  Personal growth,  Positivity,  Rumi


“Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls.

Sit beside those who draw you to that.” ~Rumi

Other people’s moods and opinions are contagious. In fact, there’s a clinical study suggesting that we become like the five people with whom we spend most of our time. (Have you ever noticed how so many married couples and best friends actually resemble each other?) According to this theory, if your spouse, peer group, and coworkers are serial pessimists and complainers, you might be one too.

Psychological studies aside, I’m drawn to folks who spread their sunshine and beam me out of the shadows when I’m down. The world is dark enough as it is — and today’s short poem from the Sufi poet Rumi reminds me that I need even more “luminosity” in my life. ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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