… Always exercise your heart’s knowing.
You might as well attempt something real
Along this path:
Take your spouse or lover into your arms
The way you did when you first met.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the Sun gazes warmly on the earth.
Play a game with some children.
Extend yourself to a friend.
Sing a few ribald songs to your pets and plants –
Why not let them get drunk and wild!
Every rung we’ve climbed Evolution’s ladder.
Whisper, “I love you! I love you!”
To the whole mad world …
— Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky (excerpt from the poem entitled “If It Is Not Too Dark”)