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“Keep Me Away from Wisdom that Does Not Cry”

May 8, 2012

I cut my teeth on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Even at a very young age there was a sense of truth in his words that resonated with my soul. All these years later, I feel the same way. The simple, yet profound words he used continues to reach thousands upon thousands of hearts and souls in a way all the complex gobble-dy gook of religious tombs has never been able to do.

There is a reason for this. Truth is simple. Truth is understandable even to the simplest of minds. Truth stands the test of time. Truth bears its soul in the eyes of children. Do not be fooled by a culture that wants to lay a blanket of confusion over you. Throw it off. Stand beside societal norms. Stand in the truth. Stand in your truth.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2012 12:06 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better! How true, how simple. As we used to say, sort of… Write On!

  2. May 8, 2012 12:55 pm

    Thanks Heidi! 🙂

  3. Caryn Goulden permalink
    May 8, 2012 3:26 pm

    My copy of The Prophet is about as tattered as my Bible. Thanks!

  4. May 8, 2012 4:51 pm

    I have so many copies. You can’t enough of the Prophet. My mother handed it down to me and raised me on it !!!

  5. May 8, 2012 6:05 pm

    These are beautiful words, simply written with a philosophy to live by. Books like The Prophet and Siddhartha (by Herman Hess) mesmerized me way back then and still ring in my heart. We need to be reminded every now and then. Thank you.

    • May 8, 2012 11:06 pm

      Siddhartha was also a favorite around the same time. I have carried them both with me for a lifetime, both physically and in my heart.

  6. May 9, 2012 7:14 am

    I remember lending Siddhartha to a friend thinking she would love it as I did. Her replay was “I don’t get it, was this written for a child?” – ?

    • May 9, 2012 7:17 am

      Sorry, meant to write “reply” not “replay”. It’s early here in NY and I can’t see well yet.

    • May 9, 2012 1:28 pm

      I have had similar responses. Isn’t it interesting? People are so very different and different things speak to different people. I think that’s why I like Dr. Estes and others views of being part of a “tribe” – a group of people who have the same affinity for spiritual things. Are you familiar with her books?

      • May 9, 2012 1:59 pm

        No, I’m not familiar with Dr Estes work. I will have to find time to read again. I actually haven’t read anything that isn’t reference material in years. I rarely have time these days for pleasure reading. How did I become so busy in my senior years???

  7. May 16, 2012 2:33 pm

    I agree…what beauty and profundity in such simple terms. Love that quote!

  8. May 18, 2012 9:07 pm

    Thanks for this lovely reminder of Kahlil Gibran’s simple,yet profound message of truth. I still remember how I felt the first time I read The Prophet, like he was speaking to me. Standing in our truth is such a powerful act. I love the quote!


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