Your children are not your children

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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.

– from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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40 thoughts on “Your children are not your children

  1. 15 September 2010 at 10:03 am

    Inspiring, as usual. Even though I do not have children, this makes me appreciate my parents more. (Don’t know if that made sense, though.)

  2. 15 September 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Kahlil Gibran is amazing. We have one of his books – actually, a collection…The Prophet and others. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. 16 September 2010 at 9:58 am

    That’s unbelievably beautiful.

  4. 18 September 2010 at 12:11 am

    Very beautiful. Nice blog BTW.

  5. 23 September 2010 at 4:33 am

    Very interesting post. Children really do have their own thoughts and are very much unique individuals.

  6. 24 September 2010 at 5:28 pm

    wow very inspiring.

  7. 13 December 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Inspiring. Done great Job.

  8. maureen
    16 August 2011 at 11:23 pm

    very nice post.. very touching and made me realize things i didn’t realized before.. thanks for sharing!

  9. padiding
    27 August 2011 at 9:23 am

    There are some points in your post that make me reflect on life and rearing my two beautiful kids. Great post!

  10. bakokangmax
    29 August 2011 at 4:06 pm

    very touching post! i know that i cannot fully fathom the content of this post but i know someday soon enough i will understand this fully! thank you very much!!

  11. janelle
    1 September 2011 at 11:51 pm

    i love reading these kinds of posts.. it really touches my soul and i find comfort reading it.. i would love to share this with my friends. i know they will love and appreciate this

  12. ata
    8 September 2011 at 4:00 pm

    That was great blog..I’m looking for this kind of blog because someday she can help me..thanks!..:P

  13. 8 September 2011 at 5:22 pm

    @everyone: thanks for the kind words.

    @ata: who’s “she”?

  14. kiss56
    9 September 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Very nice post.. very touching and made me realize things i didn’t realized before.. thanks for sharing!

  15. PanidaH
    10 September 2011 at 12:16 am

    Kahlil Gibran was always been an inspiring blog. Children are not from us though basically they came from one’s individual but in the real thing they/we are from GOD children of GOD.

  16. rogerpana
    13 September 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Yes, God just made us a steward of this cute creatures. We are very much accountable to God if we did not let them grow as a responsible and God fearing people. So to those who don’t have children yet, parenting is not an easy job, one should practice what he preach.We are Gods steward of our children.

  17. Cynthia
    16 September 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Very beautiful.. I really love to read blog like this.. I really appreciate the value of this.. This hit my hearts..

  18. Beverly
    23 September 2011 at 4:06 am

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  19. kurenai
    23 September 2011 at 11:31 am

    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.GREAT! | :P

  20. Eliene
    2 October 2011 at 4:02 pm

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    4 October 2011 at 10:55 am

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  22. Shaine
    4 October 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I agree that this blog was great post!..One question, are you in my mind? Sometimes I will read complete pages and then realize I had totally missed everything I had read because my mind was bored and thinking of something else at the same time.
    ..

  23. ambotikaw
    6 October 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this blog.

  24. ambotikaw
    6 October 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Great post! Children will love it much.

  25. winwing
    11 October 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I am a very protective mom, I thought of my children are all mine and nobody owns them but me until I read this thing sometime before and made me realize that I was just a steward of this precious soul and I should take care of them much.

  26. Dahlia
    13 October 2011 at 10:20 pm

    it feels good the you found a nice blog post for me i am so proud my self that i found this at least i learn new things for today.

  27. Dahlia
    13 October 2011 at 10:22 pm

    great infor thanks for sharing this to us.

  28. conan0506
    16 October 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I had totally missed everything I had read because my mind was bored and thinking of something else at the same time. | :P

  29. Valine
    17 October 2011 at 1:01 am

    Good job! you got my attention, Thanks for sharing.

  30. colbie5
    21 October 2011 at 3:56 am

    I thought of my children are all mine and nobody owns them but me until I read this thing sometime before and made me realize that I was just a steward of this precious soul. | :P

  31. Lavinia
    24 October 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Very beautiful poem.. So inspiring! I can feel your love on your child.. Pretty amazing!

  32. zean123
    25 October 2011 at 5:10 am

    awesome post thanks for this i find it very interesting and useful blog.

  33. Mai-mai01
    27 October 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Very well said. Thanks for stopping by!

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    31 October 2011 at 7:24 pm

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  36. melai
    1 November 2011 at 12:02 am

    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

  37. Polash Ahmed
    3 November 2011 at 2:48 am

    What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! :)

  38. hunterX0506
    3 November 2011 at 11:35 am

    Very beautiful poem.. So inspiring! I can feel your love on your child.. Pretty amazing!

  39. Karren
    3 November 2011 at 9:51 pm

    for me as i discipline my kids always so they will not go to a wrong way of life,i tell them to be responsible and dependent to your self.thank you so much for sharing this to us.

  40. Sophia
    29 December 2011 at 8:45 pm

    It is a so brilliant post and I like it. In fact, the time is the biggest teach.

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