Saturday, September 11, 2010

"The Prophet" On Children

I am definitely borrowing this, but in case there are those among us who've never read this before, or maybe just enjoy reading it again (such as myself), I thought I should share a section of "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran which has always been near and dear to my heart since the first time I read it when I was twelve years old and still "lifetimes" away from becoming a mother.  I've read this so many times I could recite it from memory by the time I was fifteen.  It's a beautiful reminder about our beautiful children. 

"The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran, On Children:

"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."

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