Writer, poet, visual artist, and philosopher Kahlil Gibran's words of wisdom regarding love and relationships are shared in this poignant piece.
Encouraging connection, but not bondage, joy and lightness together, but with the strength to enjoy life as individuals.
Consider discussing these concepts with your current or intended life partner - what comes up emotionally for either or both of you? Do you see this piece the same way?

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shore 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 of you be alone.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.


Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping,
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.


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.

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels empowers women 50+ to Improve their Mental Health, Boost Self-Confidence, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling & Affirmations. You can learn how to use proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is a Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family), and proudly serves her community as a Registrar of Voters.

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