‘Last Man Standing’ Star Tim Allen Reveals Quote He Reminds Himself About When He Thinks He Has the ‘Answer’

by Jennifer Shea
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“Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen has a knack for posting contemplative tweets. And he’s done it again with a tweet on Wednesday quoting the Persian poet Rumi.

“Every time I ‘think’ I have the answer I remind myself of this quote: ‘You’re seasick from the storms of ego, because you make everything stormy.’ – Rumi,” Allen tweeted.

Rumi Was an Epic Poet

Rumi, short for Jalal al-Din Rumi, is widely thought to be the greatest poet in the Persian language. He was also a Sufi mystic who had a profound influence on literature in the Muslim world. He lived in what is now Afghanistan and died in December of 1273, according to Britannica.

While Rumi’s poetry was primarily composed in Persian, it also had Arabic, Turkish and Greek influences. Rumi’s work later spread to the Indian subcontinent before eventually making its way to western Europe and the U.S. in the late 20th century.

After Rumi died, he was buried in Konya and a shrine was built over his remains. It has since been transformed into a pilgrimage site.

‘Last Man Standing’ Is Approaching Its Finale

Meanwhile, Allen’s hit sitcom “Last Man Standing” is nearing the end of Season 9. Fox announced last October that this will be the final season of the show.

“Last Man Standing” originally aired on ABC, which canceled it in 2017. Fox resuscitated the show the following year.

“I want this to be a success because Fox took a shot on us, and the Fox network is a smaller and more aggressive group than ABC and Disney,” Allen told Entertainment Weekly in 2018.

But the show’s ratings dropped around the time of its Season 9 premiere. And in autumn of 2020, Fox announced it was pulling the plug on “Last Man Standing.”

Saying Goodbye Is Hard

Allen reacted to the announcement with gratitude.

“I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of ‘Last Man Standing,’” he said in a statement at the time. “I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”

Still, saying goodbye to “Last Man Standing” hasn’t been easy.

“I thought I wouldn’t get upset,” Allen said in a video clip in which he plays “Last Man Standing” protagonist Mike Baxter talking about saying goodbye to a loved one. No doubt Allen feels the same way about saying goodbye to his show. But “Last Man Standing” is not over yet. Episodes will continue to air through mid-May. So for now, at least, its cast and crew can savor what time they have left.

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