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Give your Hearts


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.

, 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.

from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

A beautiful poem. Lots of wonderful images.

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

Just want to talk about independence and interdependence. We all need space to breathe in a relationship. We need to be able to follow some of our own passions. We need to have time that we know is our own. This makes the time together an enhancement of our own lives. We don’t lose ourselves in the others world. We enrich each others world.

What we need to go for is  an interdependent relationship,  where all participants are emotionally, economically, ecologically and/or morally self-reliant while at the same time responsible to each other. This is not dependence on each other.

Don’t ever become so dependent on another that you couldn’t  manage life without them. Make sure you know the basics. When you have been together a long time this can be forgotten. My Mum & Dad were visiting recently and they have been together for 57 years they do just about everything together and have for many years. It is important that my Dad can cook and Mum knows how to look after the finances etc. So that they will not have that challenge if one of them should pass-on.

That is a bit serious so I’ll finish with my favorite line from the poem

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

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