I had hoped that we’d have time to go for a walk today, because I checked her schedule before making a surprise visit—but it turns out that she’d made some work commitments that I hadn’t seen when I checked her calendar, and this afternoon’s walk wasn’t going to happen. But while I was out walking alone, I came across the Gibran quotation stenciled onto the back of a building, and it got me thinking. We get a lot of messages about romantic, overpowering, all-consuming love in our society.
I think Gibran got it right, but that there’s something else of value to consider here. From The Little Mermaid to to the latest heartwarming kids’ movie to the latest rom-com to your favorite novel, we get a pretty steady diet of the idea that love, true love, is easy.
I’ve often heard people refer to it in contexts where phrases like “speak your truth” and “dance like nobody’s watching” and “be your best self” come up.
It seems as though the underpinnings of Gibran’s point touch on the fact that the way we work can be as important as what we do.
Finally, she left college, left the country, and went back to her home. It can take us to great heights of ecstasy, but also bring us down into an abyss of agony.
So then, how can one word or a few sentences possibly express the full meaning of love? And if you ask me, poets don’t come better than Kahlil Gibran. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded . — Kahlil Gibran, “On Work”, used without permission People often use it to remind us that the work we choose is important, no matter what it is.We might all be happier if we took the measure of love by asking how much work people were willing to do to sustain it. So I’d like to see us shifting our cultural narrative away from the fairytale romance where everything is easy once you meet the right person toward the idea that it’ll take work to love people—and that we should encourage them to find ways to work more joyfully in that vineyard. Kahlil Gibran Information on the Author Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), a poet, philosopher, and an artist was born in Lebanon, a land which has produced many prophets.Even children work at loving: watch the way kids try hard to live up to their parents’ expectations, or the way two sisters find a way to make up and resolve their problems after a tearful spat.I think there’s still a place for unconditional love, but it’s my experience of living and watching other people that unconditional love doesn’t stretch as far as people think.He offers spiritual and philosophical musings on love, God, family, work, death and so many other threads that unite humanity.And it is his incredible exploration in Gibran’s thoughts changed my perspective on love.Love, when allowed, will “descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.”Read these 431 words once a day for 30 days, and you might just become an expert on love..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-relative.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-inline.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover.