“WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE”
I found a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s beautiful book, THE PROPHET, recently on a hall table, that seemed to be asking me to pick it up. I’d given the book to our daughter, Abigail as a gift when she graduated from college and she’d obviously been re-reading it.
The odd thing was that I opened the book to a passage I don’t remember reading before, that hit me square in the heart.
“Work,” Gibran wrote,”is love made visible.”
“Wow,” I said out loud, “how beautiful. I need to ‘get that.’ I need to remember those words. Every day.”
Gibran continued: “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 distills 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.”
“Gibran is speaking to me,” I said out loud.
I’m lucky. I love my work. I love helping people not only “design their lives,” but live them. I guess you could say it’s my “calling.” But, as for all of us, sometimes the “doing” gets hard. Sometimes the ideas, the words, the solutions, the flat out inspiration…doesn’t come easily. Sometimes I have to tease it out; sort of like trying to cajole a child into doing her homework: “Come on, sweetheart, just start it! You’ll feel so good when it’s done!”
And I do. But I’ve also discovered over the years that I love the struggle. I love searching for the idea, sitting at my desk with nothing written on my computer, waiting for the words to inspire and actually move people to action…and ultimately to a discovery of their power, of their worthiness, of their limitless possibilities – and even their ability to motivate and move others.
Find the love in your work. Or find work that you can fall in love with.
Work is “love made visible.” And we – all of us – need all the love we can make.