Royce Shook

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When love beckons to you, follow

Humans fall in love, sometimes once, sometimes many times, and we feel different types of love, love for our partner, love for our children, our grandchildren, our friends and if we are lucky we learn to love our enemies. Love and Hate are two sides of the same coin, how we navigate our oscillation between these inescapable dualities is governed by the degree of courage, openness, and vulnerability with which we are willing to show up for and to our own hearts. One of the joys of COVID for me is the time to re-read books that shaped my view when I was going to University. One of those books was philosopher Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883–April 10, 1931) book The Prophet1923 classic that also gave us what may be the finest advice ever offered on the balance of intimacy and independence in healthy relationships.

Speaking to the contradictory human impulse to cower before the largeness of love — to run from its unprotected uncertainties and necessary disappointments at the cost of its deepest rewards — Gibran offers a mantra of courage:

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.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

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
When love beckons to you, follow


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Nick Mlatchkov

1 year ago #2

Pic's a beauty!

John Rylance

1 year ago #1

Love can turn to hate and vice versa at the flip of a coin. Its the fickleness of life, which makes us keep are friends close and our enemies closer. Loved the picture, it is somewhere I would like to live if not just to visit to drink in the beauty.

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