Thursday, July 3, 2014

As I was thinking of you...

As I was thinking of you...

       This quote by Hafiz is powerful left unfinished. As I was thinking of you...
What happened? Was God seen working in the midst? Was beauty noticed everywhere? Was comfort brought to mind? Was love resting on your fingertips and dancing in your eyes? Although not detailed completely by the book I own, essentially in 1923 Mary decided to marry her widowed uncle (weird!), but found solace in being able to bring comfort to her family by abating his loneliness. After this decision, she saw Gibran less as she moved away to live with her soon-to-be husband.
       Gibran's response to Mary marrying was on January 24, 1923: "I am so happy in your happiness. I love your description of your room, and the sea of sunshine flooding it, and the blue shadows of the park outside. It sounds cheerful and full of peace. A room, or a house, always becomes like the one who dwells in it. Even the size of a room changes with the size of one's heart. How often the size of this studio has changed during the past few years."
     What a powerful final line, re-read it, soak in the depth of those words. Do not homes feel so large when a family gathers in loving spirit and so empty when the doors are shut and the windows drawn and the only sound is your breath in a dark room? How often the size of our hearts change throughout life as well.
      On May 26, 1923 Gibran offered Mary some advice on marriage and I think it is something we all should ponder: "Among intelligent people the surest basis for marriage is friendship - the sharing of real interests - the ability to fight out ideas together and understand each other's thoughts and dreams. Without these dreams together - the marriage would finally become like the kitchen of one's life. In marriage, to receive all that one longs to give, is perhaps the highest thing ever done."

Every Morning, Keb' Mo'

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