I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.
This beautifully hopeful line begins a short poem by 14th-century Persian poet and mystic Hafiz, who is known for his lyrical musings on theology and philosophy. The poem reflects on love, loneliness, and belonging in the greater context of time and space. Sometimes in our most difficult and darkest moments, we need to be reminded of the power of our own value and beauty. As Hafiz writes, "Look what happens with a love like that / It lights the whole sky."