In the Fall of my sophomore year in college, I met a girl from Colorado. During September of that year, I told her, “I love you”. She responded with a quotation from Kahlil Gibran, his book, The Prophet (1923), “And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course”.
Needless to say, that relationship never really went anywhere. In the Spring, my father bought me a copy of the book, The Prophet, for my birthday. I read the whole book and kept going over the part about the course of love. My dad was a big fan of Kahlil Gibran, but I could not agree with the statement about letting love direct your course.
As time goes by, I am coming to the conclusion that Kahlil Gibran is wrong. When I look around me, I notice that nothing important happens by accident. For anything that you want in this world, like work, home, family, security, and love; then you have to get out there and fight. I do not see anywhere in nature that these things happen by chance.
Nevertheless, that girl from Colorado became one of my closest friends in college, and we did date each other. She was my favorite girl for school dances and I have lots of pictures of her. I still think about her and she means a lot to me. Which reminds me, Gibran was mostly right in his book. I will leave you with this last quotation, with which I cannot disagree:
So shall he (referring to love) descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for
God’s sacred feast.