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september 13th

September 13, 2011

Up until the age of 22, September 13th came and went without much notice.

There were never any clues that it would turn out to be a day that would one day be ingrained into my life so deeply.

Then, 11 years ago on this very day, the world as I knew it changed forever. My best friend, mentor, inspiration & beautiful father left this world.

It took a long time for the anger I felt to disappear but it has since been replaced with gratitude for having been blessed with him being my father and the gift of 22 years together.

Not one day goes by where I am not reminded of his strength, laughter and kindness. I can always feel him cheering me on. Our bond remains stronger than ever.

Now, I no longer dread the 13 of September but instead I welcome it to celebrate the greatest man I ever knew.



You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

~Kahlil Gibran

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  1. September 14, 2011 02:34

    Beautiful post and tribute to your father :). How wonderful to be able to celebrate the memory of him with such gratitude. And Kahlil Gibran, wow, he always seems to have the right words for the right times :)….

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