As Valentine’s Day approaches I think upon the writings of Kahlil Gibran:
“Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather
Be a moving sea between two souls”
He was born in Lebanon in 1883. At an early age, his family moved to the United States where he grew to become an internationally beloved poet, humanitarian, and philanthropist. His spirit was all love. He dedicated his life to writing about the love in man, the love in God, and the dance one dances in the waves of love because love rebounds in all of life. His language is never earthbound but rather possessing a Neptunal quality – a buoyancy making me weightless:
“You are blind, I am deaf and dumb, so let us touch hands and understand.”
Countless times I have carried one of his books with me to doctors’ appointments, to read in airports, or light a fire only to cuddle up on the sofa to let his language bedazzle and intoxicate me.
“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
My favorite stories are the three stories of true love he wrote about in Spirits Rebellious. He reminds us that as much as we yearn for absolute true love often times it requires a tremendous sacrifice. It is in this book where he addresses social taboos such as marrying beneath one’s class allowing the reader to reassess the value of the social taboo. After all, doesn’t love conquer all? He believes all sacrifice will balance out. Ultimately, his writing weaves through many areas of life, and then comes full circle with his soul’s understanding that:
“Love…it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.”
May you and your loved ones enjoy this Valentine’s Day’s celebration of love in your life.
Many Blessings to you and yours!