I grew up with Khalil Gibran’s poetry and from a young age loved his work despite the fact that I did not grasp it fully. Life is a great teacher though, so as I got older, Gibran’s wisdom became clearer. The quote below is an excerpt from The Prophet on work.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
When the Lebanese talk about cooking and what makes a person cook well, they say something which sort of translates as such: ‘ She cooks with soul’. The love of cooking and preparing a meal manifests itself in the dish, and when it is served with a warm heart and a smile, it has to taste heavenly.
So cook with love and eat with love …