A visit to Gibran’s Garden…
I recently visited Khalil Gibran’s Exhibition – The Garden of The Prophet at The Immigration Museum in Melbourne and one of his quotes that stood out to me most was one that struck deep.
The quote said ‘You give but little when you give of your possessions, it is when you give of yourself that you truly give ‘
In late 2018, I shared my Struggle to Belong Story as part of The UnStoppable Woman of Purpose – Global Movement’ to help impact more lives and inspire more entrepreneurs, change makers and more woman in business to share theirs too. In a recently co-published book titled ‘The UnStoppable Woman of Unwavering Faith’ which you can hear more about Here
Going to Gibran’s exhibition and seeing how his words and poetry have inspired generations across the globe and have been quoted in political speeches, song lyrics, wedding vows and memorial services, ignited my passion to keep sharing meaningful stories to impact more lives.
I stopped at Gibran’s Writing Desk which was collected from his studio in New York along with a few of his book scripts, plate proofs and original paintings created to illustrate the various chapters of ‘The Prophet’ which has been published in 108 languages and has never been out of print till this day! Something to truly aspire too as a newly published co-author.
I was in awe of the words that welcomed you in to the exhibition, which I later learned were the epitaph later used in Khalil Gibran’s tomb ‘ I am alive like you and I am standing beside you, Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you.’
As an 1894 Lebanese migrant to The United States, Gibran’s unique worldly views were shaped by his experiences in Lebanon, Boston, Paris and New York. With quotes from people who knew Gibran and who were influential to him at different stages of his life evident across the exhibition, like his mother, sister and his devoted confidante Mary Haskell an educator and an influential patron of The Arts in Boston, whom Gibran was briefly engaged to and who he shared many conversations with, which Mary Haskell documented.
Mary Haskell – An Educator and Confidante
‘I among many Syrians, shall go on fighting for my country. Perhaps the best form of fighting is in painting pictures and writing poetry ‘ Khalil Gibran to Mary Haskell 1919
‘Neither he nor any other doctor seems to notice much the pain that I have in my heart. The dull sort of pain. But my greatest pain is not physical. There’s something big in me…I’ve always known it, and I can’t get it out.’ Khalil Gibran quoted in Mary Haskell’s journal, 1922
‘You are far, far greater than you know – and all is well’ Khalil Gibran quoted to Mary Haskell’s journal 1922
‘And suddenly I was the trees and the flowers and the birds and the grass – and there was no I at all‘ Khalil Gibran quoted to Mary Haskell’s journal 1926
Gibran – The Legacy
The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in 1923. The book is divided into chapters dealing with the gamut of human life: love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
One of Gibran’s best-known works. He followed it with a sequel, The Garden of Prophet, and was due to produce a third part when he died. Read more on Gibran’s life at www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Khalil_Gibran
His last conscious words were ‘ Don’t be troubled. All is well ‘ and memo of bequest recorded in Mary Haskell’s journal read as follows ‘ If Mary Haskell is living I desire the heart be taken from my body and given to her, and my body to be sent to Bechary Syria to be buried in Mar ( St.) Mema.’
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