Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kahlil Gibran...On Children

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1871

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

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

Kahlil Gibran is one of my favorite writers and mystic poets of all time. This piece speaks volumes of pure wisdom. We can learn so much from our children, strive to be more childlike ourselves, but as Gibran so eloquently states we should seek not to make them just like us, for there souls do not belong to us. 

Om Shanti,

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