Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Committing the Crime of Comfort Seeking

The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul. -Khalil Gibran

Was Gibran right?

*My sister read from Khalil Gibran's The Prophet at our wedding:

On Marriage
Then Almitra spoke again and said...
"And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:

You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other's shadow.


  1. The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul. -Khalil Gibran
    Yes, I fully agree. I have long admired Khalil Gibran's thoughts and think there is much to be said about the evils of comfort and complacency. This also reminds of your post of moving out of your comfort zone. A theme? I hope you are well.

  2. Ah, I'm sure it is a theme - I am in a position of needing to express my passion while maintaining comfort. I do have the responsibility of raising a child and yet, that responsibility includes filling my own bucket with my passion. Nope, I can't run off and join the Peace Corps, so I need to rein in the passion a bit and use it to benefit my community right here. It's actually quite a fulfilling role!