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

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.
    ..

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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

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

  19. 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! :)

  20. 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.

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