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7 Profound Truths From “The Prophet” That’ll Help You Grow Remarkably

7 Profound Truths From “The Prophet” That’ll Help You Grow Remarkably

Kahlil Gibran is a Lebanese poet and philosopher; his predominant work “The Prophet,” has profound influence and made a terrific impact on mankind since its inception.

I’ve found few answers to the predicaments of life in “The Prophet” that has enormous potential to change you. I’ve been in a maze drifting away until “The Prophet” tapped my unconscious and showed me the path out of the maze towards enlightenment.

Here we go:

On Joy and Sorrow

The Prophet says, “Joy is your sorrow unmasked.”

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Any adversity in your life is a blessing in disguise that makes you a better person. So whenever you are in a deep melancholy, just stay calm; the joy has yet to come because both joy and sorrow are inseparable.

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart; you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

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On Pain 

The Prophet says, “Much of your pain is self chosen.”

We inflict pain upon ourselves knowingly; obviously we can’t avoid it, however, we can deal with it. Try to avoid the trap of being the victim and search for ways to handle your pain.

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. So accept pain and get to know you better. Pain is a chance to grow personally.

On Reason and Passion

The Prophet says, “Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.”

Having a reason and passion in life cuts off the unnecessary melodrama and leads you to the desired goal.

Reason and Passion gives a purpose to life; we aimlessly loiter and succumb to the paradoxes of life if we don’t have reason and passion that leads to the eternity.

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So when you are lost and depressed, find your reason and passion. They truly help you.

On Good and Evil

The Prophet says, “Evil is nothing but good tortured by his own hunger and thirst.”

Life is full of choices, we have to choose carefully; let us not allow good be tortured by the hunger. If so, good provokes evil.

So have restraint and practice self-control to surely prevents all the mishaps of evil. Longing for goodness is in all of us. Nurture it, protect it and practice it. When good is hungry, it seeks food even in dark caves; when it is thirsty it drinks even from dead waters.

Beware, after all choice is yours.

On Work

The Prophet says, “Work is love made visible.”

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If we do so, we consciously avoid all our career depressions.

And what is working with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, as if your beloved were to wear the cloth.

You work that you may keep peace with the soul of the earth. And to love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

No matter what, do what you love; you’ll never regret, for in it is hidden the gate to eternity.

On Giving

The Prophet says, “Those who believe in life, their coffer is never empty.”

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Holding on to everything you own is the source for all troubles and worries. Life is short, give unconditionally. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

To simply put, “To withhold is to perish and to give is to receive”

On Choice

The Prophet says, “Let not the sprit go wandering upon the wind.”

Control your thoughts. There is no good and bad separately; both lie within us. It’s ultimately the choice we consciously opt for.

Hold up the spirit and guide your soul to eternal bliss.

Our depressions are mostly self-inflicted; the problems in life are the choices we made. Before laying axe unto the evil, let us examine the roots first. Once it is done our predicaments obviously fly away.

To end this article, “It is life in quest of life in bodies that fear the grave.” Let us aim for the eternity and make our lives beautiful and purposeful.

Thanks to Kahlil Gibran.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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