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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – On Work

May 18, 2012

I am reminding myself today that I need to love ALL of the work that I do, whether it feels mundane and ordinary, or spectacularly inspiring, it all deserves an equal amount of love, openness, curiosity and wonder. So, whether I am cutting knickers, writing a poem, observing nature or organising my work space, I will endeavour to bring each task the love, and openness of heart and of mind, that it deserves.

I am very inspired by the chapter on work from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, a book that I highly recommend searching out if you have not done so already. (If you would like to listen to readings from the book there is a wonderful audio lecture on The Prophet by the California School of Practical Philosophy here.)

“Then a ploughman said, Speak to us of Work. And he answered, saying:

You work so that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite……..Always you have been told that work is a curse and a labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret………Work is love made visible.”

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