: Jul 02, 2016

This man knows what’s up. Gibran has been my favorite poet since I was 16. I posted this poem more than 2 years ago in April of 2014….

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This man knows what’s up. Gibran has been my favorite poet since I was 16. I posted this poem more than 2 years ago in April of 2014.
If I could put these words on a plaque and carry it around my neck as my motto, I would.
This poem is everything Sona. I can’t half do anything. That’s the essence of ihsan to me.
Those times I suffered most in my life, were the times I didn’t live this:

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 nowhere
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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