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Friday, September 11, 2009

Powerful words all parents must read

I am thoroughly fascincated with the works of Kahlil Gibran. If you have not yet read The Prophet, I would strongly encourage you to do so.


These words really speak to my heart, so I thought I would share the love.




On Children
by
Kahlil Gibran





And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.






What a beautiful message! I must have read this passage at least one-hundred times, yet the words still leave me breathless.



1 comments:

Too Many Hats September 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM  

I love it and agree with it whole-heartedly. My children are gifts from God not for me to own, but to nurture unto their own paths.

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