kahlil gibran

Freeing Ourselves - February 15, 2010

In our pursuit of freedom and creativity, we should continually strive to give our loved-ones and friends space. Space to make their own decisions -- space to have independent thoughts -- space to develop other friendships -- space in the kitchen -- space in the car -- space in their own minds. When we bind those we love in our web of needs, expectations, attachments and fears, we lose. Our "love" for the people around us becomes a binding contract that stifles rather than an exercise of unconditional giving.

Kahlil Gibran writes in his most highly acclaimed book The Prophet, "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 one of you be alone...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."

Dare not to have any expectations that weigh a person down, rather be thankful beyond all belief that they are in your life!!

By providing freedom to our loved ones and friends, we will in turn free ourselves.

Now, go out and make bold choices today!!

- Team Project Be Bold