Posts Tagged ‘Kahlil Gibran’

Then Shall You Truly Dance

June 7, 2009

Illustration by Khalil Gibran

A week ago Friday, I made a point to finish a seven-page section in the large book of quotes that I’ve been making my way through in alphabetical order. The section was DEATH/DYING. The next day, while reading Kahlil Gibran‘s classic work, The Prophet, I turned the page and found myself reading his monologue on death. It struck me that there was probably a reason why all this material about death and dying was presenting itself to me.

That very night, I learned that one of my very best friends, whom I had known since high school, had dropped dead of a heart attack eight days after his fiftieth birthday. I returned to Gibran’s words and found some comfort there. Here is the end of his poetic vignette:


For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to (more…)

Your Children Are Living Arrows

June 6, 2009


Illustration by Kahlil Gibran

I love this prose piece by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet. As my daughter turns thirty and advances confidently in the direction of her dreams, I find even more meaning in it.


Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not (more…)

99 Balloons

October 30, 2008

I shared the following quote in a previous post, urging people to take another chance at love after a failed relationship. 

When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you, yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you, believe in him . . . though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
Kahlil Gibran

So many people choose to be alone, afraid that loving someone may lead to a broken heart. Matt and Ginny Mooney had no such fears. They welcomed their son, Eliot, into the world knowing full well that he was just passing through. They cherished every moment that he graced their lives with his presence. And when the day came that Eliot’s spirit was freed from his bodily prison, they joyously celebrated his life and spirit.

Broken hearts can (more…)

Work Through Your Relationship Grief

September 27, 2008

Last summer, my marriage ended. I didn’t want it to, but the gap between our lifestyles kept widening, and splitting up soon became the obvious course of action. I was heartbroken, but from the start I recognized that there was great value in my grieving process.

I’m sharing what I went through in the hope that the process that helped me recover relatively quickly may offer some comfort to others who are hurting. It took me four months to heal, which is far better than four years . . . or forever. You can recover from a broken heart. You can heal. You can be whole again.