In response to a previous blog entry, Upon the Path of the Infinite, Jon Harper wrote:
jonharper70May 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM
Wow! I am so honored that something I wrote could move someone the way it did. What is amazing is that The Prophet was one of my father’s favorite books. Thank you for sharing this and thank you for putting into words how my piece touched you. It means so much to me that I truly am speechless, no pun intended.
The part I’m focusing in on that The Prophet was one of his father’s favorite books. I don’t know when I first read Gibran’s work, but I must have been 17 years old. By the time I was 21 and married, I had my own copy of Gibran, a girlfriend having given it to me because I must have quoted it several times.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
Have you ever wondered what will happen to all the great books you read that your children haven’t? Sure, you hope they’ll like some of what you read, but tastes differ.
Kahlil Gibran’s work, though, that should be required reading for teens embarking on a new life. Read the whole thing online.
Take a trip down memory lane with me….
1) When I was a movie usher, I quoted Kahlil Gibran On Work to my co-workers–teenagers all–to quiet their anger about management and the work (in fact, I later ended up starting a bible study):
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit….
2) When I was in graduate school, and in some presentations at work, I quoted Gibran’s points On Teaching:
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
3) As a parent, well, who doesn’t love the bow that is stable?
4) On sorrow and joy, these words have often brought comfort:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
5) On prayer and faith:
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
Words of comfort.