If you look up the meaning of the word “ruin” you won’t find anything positive. As a noun, it’s something in a state of destruction. As a verb, it’s the act of destroying something. So the “ancient ruins” explored by historians and archeologists are aptly called “ruins.”
The conditions of these former civilizations are far from pristine. They’ve experienced major deterioration and/or destruction. However, as this quote from Rumi reminds us, it’s within such ruins that there’s hope to find a treasure–be it literal, a major discovery, insight, and answers to long-standing questions about the past and present. And somehow, the more ruinous the ruin, the greater the hope to find treasure.
The same concept applies to life. When we feel at our worst is when we can and should channel the most hope; because the most ruinous situations can actually be forerunners to positive change, including the most positive change within ourselves.