Monday, March 17, 2014

To work with love

Khalil Gibran says:

'Work is love made visible.

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.'

It's not easy. When you leave early, come back late and all you have in between is a few hours of sleep where you can't escape swimming numbers and looming deadlines in your dreams. When all that seems to matter is quantity and not quality. When hard work without hustle and bustle remains unnoticed. When hours, days, months go by behind a screen slowly dehumanizing you. When the deepest conversations heard are about which cars are driven by whom, and where the best (and most expensive) places to dine can be found. When there is no trace of appreciation for the beauty of words, thought, and all the million other components that make up each unique personality that exists on this earth besides how much work can be squeezed out of them.


  1. Profoundly true.

    I've always thought that life doesn't give us lemons because we ARE the lemons.

  2. This is so my work life. Love this post (Y)

  3. Absolutely.
    What I feel is, without purpose, we're infinitely scattered, and that, is not enough to keep us happy.

  4. If all that is happening to us, it is time to change it, until it is too late.
    But then, it is never too late to be what you might have been.

  5. So vivid. You have such a unique way with words!

  6. I love the quote and I can relate to it too!

    The love for work will enable us to survive the many frustrations, unforeseen circumstances, disappointments and hurts along the way. It also takes a great deal of discipline to love what you are doing and to do it for the longest time. This is beautifully written!

    I hope you are doing well. Take care! :)

  7. That quote is just absolutely lovely. I agree that our love for the work can be reflected in the work itself. It is that love, that enjoyment, that manifests itself in our initiatives, hardwork, and interest. And if work takes up so many hours in the day, might as well make these hours worthwhile! loved this post, so inspiring.

  8. I don't officially work, but boy do I know this feeling. You always hit straight home. I hope you work with love, and your work loves you... ♥

  9. I wrote a similar post that I didn't publish on my personal blog, but gosh, Ghadeer, this captures my feelings and more so beautifully. You're not alone. And hopefully one day we'll work on what we love most.


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