Take a few minutes each day during this time of much “to do” in your school work and ask yourself:
- How in my work today did I experience what Kahlil Gibran is talking about?
- When did I experience myself in my work as “a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music?”
- keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
Where in your work (school, volunteer, other) do you sense that you are fulfilling “a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born?”
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.
Work is love made visible."
- Kahlil Gibran, From The Prophet