The Intention of Love

I love this passage by Kahlil Gibran:

“He said, “And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Work is love made visible.” – Kahlil Gibran

We tend to do well when appreciated; we also tend to experience meaningful choice when we ascribe to the golden rule of treating others as we wish to be treated. Kahlil Gibran reminds us that there is also a part of the human spirit that moves solely with an altruistic purpose; that we intend with love to simply love, without immediate recognition or praise, in our thoughtful intentions towards others, in our acts of kindness, in the ability to love with intention. For it is in that intention, that “work is love made visible.”

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