Serene and Restful Labour Day to you …

Morning Glory - September 1, 2014

Morning Glory – Sept 1, 2014

By Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet – “Work”

“Then a ploughman said, “Speak to us of Work.”

And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret….”

to read the complete text:

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Orvieto – 2009 – Catedrale -Detail of door entrance

One of my favorite lines of his writings on Work are these:

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.


Porto – 2014 – Silver platter in museum of Catedrale

And it was in the past few weeks that my attention was turned again onto the topic of work and vocation. And again I am listening for these fine threads that life weaves, for me to finally see – again – and ask: what am I summoned to do? to be?

Or in the words of one of my favorite Jungian authors, James Hollis, who wrote in his most recent book “HAUNTINGS” in the preface: “ Such engagements with mystery are what life calls us to. It is not what we want but what life, apparently, wants of us.”

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Morning view while enjoying a cup of good caffe’ with hot milk

 For more books by James Hollis:

kind gift from friends who brought this back from Istanbul/Turkey

kind gift from friends who brought this back from Istanbul/Turkey