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SEVEN REPRIMANDS

By
Kahlil Gibran


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I reprimanded my soul seven times !
 

The first time:

when I attempted to exalt myself  by exploiting the weak.
 

The second time:

when I feigned a limp before those who were crippled.
 

The third time:

when, given a choice, I elected the easy rather than the difficult.
 

The fourth time:

when I made a mistake I consoled myself with the mistakes of others.
 

The fifth time:

when I was docile because of fear and then claimed to be strong in patience.
 

The sixth time:

when I held my garments upraised to avoid the mud of Life.
 

The seventh time:

when I stood in hymnal to God and considered the singing a virtue.
 
 

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