Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday I sent these words to this lovely lady since she was feeling
a little trepidation regarding an adventure her boys were embarking upon.
Whenever I read this piece I cry. 
They are to me some of the most beautiful
words ever written. 
For that reason, I decided to share them again with all of you....

On Children
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.


Neesie said...

Wow...powerful words indeed.
I've never heard them before but they will stay with me.
Thank you for sharing...I'm going to keep them safe xox

Greenorchid said...

I love Kahlil Gabran... simple wisdom.
Smiles Cass

Vintage Jane said...

Love this. Thank you. M x