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September 15, 2010

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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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  1. skysenshi
    Sep 15 2010

    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.)
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  2. Jennifer is Always Sick
    Sep 15 2010

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

  3. Berryvox
    Sep 16 2010

    That’s unbelievably beautiful.
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  4. TR Hughes
    Sep 18 2010

    Very beautiful. Nice blog BTW.

  5. meandu
    Sep 23 2010

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

  6. silvergirl
    Sep 24 2010

    wow very inspiring.
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  7. Erica
    Dec 13 2010

    Inspiring. Done great Job.

  8. maureen
    Aug 16 2011

    very nice post.. very touching and made me realize things i didn’t realized before.. thanks for sharing!
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  9. padiding
    Aug 27 2011

    There are some points in your post that make me reflect on life and rearing my two beautiful kids. Great post!
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  10. bakokangmax
    Aug 29 2011

    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!!
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    Sep 1 2011

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    Sep 8 2011

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  13. Sep 8 2011

    @everyone: thanks for the kind words.

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  14. kiss56
    Sep 9 2011

    Very nice post.. very touching and made me realize things i didn’t realized before.. thanks for sharing!
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  15. PanidaH
    Sep 10 2011

    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.
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  16. rogerpana
    Sep 13 2011

    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.
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    Sep 16 2011

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    Sep 23 2011

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  19. kurenai
    Sep 23 2011

    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
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    Oct 2 2011

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    Oct 4 2011

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    Oct 4 2011

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    Oct 6 2011

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    Oct 6 2011

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  25. winwing
    Oct 11 2011

    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.
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    Oct 13 2011

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    Oct 21 2011

    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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  31. Lavinia
    Oct 24 2011

    Very beautiful poem.. So inspiring! I can feel your love on your child.. Pretty amazing!
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    Oct 25 2011

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    Oct 27 2011

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    Nov 1 2011

    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
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    Nov 3 2011

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    Nov 3 2011

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  39. Karren
    Nov 3 2011

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    Nov 6 2011

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