Friends of yesterday, today and tomorrow,
On this December 6th, Saint Nicholas’s day, I wish you all the best for the upcoming holidays and the dawn of a new year that I hope will be filled with the small and great joys that make life beautiful!
I would like to share with you some excerpts from “The Prophet”, a marvelous book of wisdom written by Khalil Gibran, an enlightened intellectual, a great mystic, one of the pioneers of the revival of Arabic literature at the end of the 19th century
The following lines are simply about GIVING, in this “season of giving” in which we are…
“You give little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourselves that you really give.
For what are your possessions but things that you jealously guard for fear of needing them tomorrow?
And what is the fear of misery but misery itself?
And the fear of thirst before your full well, is it not already the unquenchable thirst?
There are those who have little and give it all away.
These believe in life and in the goodness of life, and their chest is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and this joy is their reward.
There are those who give with pain, and this pain is their baptism.
There are those who give and feel neither pain nor joy and are not aware of their virtue;
They give as in the valley there the myrtle exhales its perfume in the space.
Through the hands of such beings, God speaks, and through their eyes He smiles on the earth.
Give now, then, that the season of giving may be yours and not your heirs’.
And you who receive – and you all receive – assume no burden of gratitude, lest you yoke yourselves and the giver.
Rather, rise with the giver, taking his gifts as if they were wings…”
A bouquet of THANKS to you, so many, who follow me and encourage me through the news I share with you!
For you, all my wishes of Serenity, so that these 365 days to live in 2017 allow you to realize your aspirations and keep your dreams!
Good wind to all!