(306) – Half A Life – Khalil Gibran


One of the best feelings is when you’re thinking of an idea and for some reason can’t put it into words. Last October, I met a new friend who made me do things I didn’t want to do, he made me experience severe emotional pain that I could do without. I wanted to stop meeting this person and step back but then it happened to me that I should go and see him again and try to fix the situation. I did not want to have half an experience, all I was thinking of is how to understand how and why things happened the way they did and how I could pick myself up and move on.

Today’s words of wisdom is about living half a life. You may need to read this over and over again to comprehend the real beauty of it or you may want to attach it to some old memories of yours bur be alert to give it some time and read slowly.

 

Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal
is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists
to live a life not half a life

Khalil Gibran

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