17 Dec 2008 kl: 00:00

Your children are not your children

I am having the honor to participate in my very dear friends’ family, and help and play with their daughter, soon 3, and their new born son, not even 6 days as I write this…

These new beings are amazing – truly amazing. They are bright, intelligent beyond their age, and they have integrity at such an early age I am astonished.

All we can do as adults, who have been blessed to care for their up-bringing, is to assist them in their development and interfere as little as possible – for them to blossom into their full potential.

Remember Khalil Gibran, ON CHILDREN:

[q][/q]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 our 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.[q][/q]