I first read Khalil Gibran’s “The Prophet” in college, a copy from a friend who had received it from his hippy mother. Since then, I’ve often turned to it’s pages when I need a zen moment in the fluid busyness of everyday life. The summer is my time to recharge and reading the patient and profound ideas of those I have come to admire and learn from is one of my most energizing past times.
I’ve also be blessed to be surrounded by a network of legitimately fantastic people in my life–my family, friends, even acquaintances who have graced my days with smiles, encouragement, and yes, silliness and laughter. Because of this, Gibran’s words on friendship ring so true in my experience:
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
It is indeed the little things often brought to my attention and experience from those around me that make life so enjoyable. Elton is always amused by how far a little treat, compliment, or outing can go–I’m all smiles for hours. Days even. Good times.
May your day bring you the kinds of simple pleasures you love and appreciate most. And may we all be able to pause and notice when such refreshment comes our way.