{inspire} your children

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 thought 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 might 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

Drop Cap by the amazing Jessica Hische at Daily Drop Cap.

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2 Responses to “{inspire} your children”

  1. August 14, 2012 at 10:06 am, Sweet Mama M said:

    I think this applies equally to teachers! Our “children” are literally not our own, and we can guide them but cannot do the work for them; they must want it for themselves!


  2. August 26, 2012 at 7:58 am, MJ said:

    I’ve always loved this one. It’s one of my momma’s favorites, too. :) XO, MJ


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