I’ve been a reader of Kahlil Gibran for most of my life, and his book, The Prophet is my favourite. Last night, I had my very foundations of my soul and heart shaken to the core, after receiving an email from someone I thought to be a true friend and remarkable dementia advocate, suggesting the work DAI does is not up to standard, but with no explanation why. Everything I do, and that we do, is with love, and to serve others…
Thankfully, this morning Kahlil Gibran came to the rescue reminding me it is not possible to please everyone even some of the time and never all of the time, and that with love, comes pain. I awoke to a Brain Pickings blog titled: Kahlil Gibran on the Courage to Weather the Uncertainties of Love. In this post, “Gibran offers an incantation of courage. They spoke to my soul and heart with such clarity this morning, I felt compelled to add the first few lines here:
“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.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.”