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❥💕Work is love made visible.❥💕

Khalil Gibran is one of the most famous poets in Lebanon. His words reach my heart, and each time I read his poems I feel he is speaking directly to my soul. The simplicity of his composition on Work are a music of spirituality.

❥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 weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,…

❥Work is love made visible.❥💕
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. 
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.❥💕

extract from THE PROPHET, By Khalil Gibran, 1923

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