On Children

The Prophet
Chapter 3 – 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 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.

by Kahlil Gibran




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  1. Sandra

     /  January 14, 2012

    As always … Everything you share is perfect. Life gets so busy …. And it is my Saturday morning moments …. And longer …. When I can sit and savor your writings …. Taking the time to visit and read the links you have shared with us ….. All on our soul journey …. Thank you for sharing and honoring yourself …. And for the courage it takes …..
    p.s. I have to say that I really enjoyed the link you shared to “reflections of an eclectic soul”

  2. Wilma

     /  January 14, 2012


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