I would just like to share with you an excerpt on parenting by Kahlil Gibran

@Neriz69 (1037)
Philippines
June 27, 2008 5:56am CST
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.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Hi Neriz69, how are you? wow that was a great excerp on parenting by kahlil gibran. I believe that we are all children by one creator and for some reason I don't really understand why he said that we are not children of our parents. Weird but what ever his thinking abount parenting I think all we need to do is to make a better life by guiding our children in a good path of life.
@Neriz69 (1037)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
I think what he means is that though we came from our biological parents they really do not own us. We are just channels. We cannot hold their minds as they have their own. Even their destiny are already set even before they are born. What I believe is our function here as parents is to help them reach / fulfill their true destiny here on earth.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
oh I see now I know, thank you for the explaination.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
27 Jun 08
Wow! That is a very nice excerpts. I like Kahlil Gibran's literary works. Though not a parent yet, so I also believe that we are all brothers and sisters. These children are not ours but they pass through us to teach and nurture us in any way possible. Thank you for sharing this. Life itself is really a wondrous thing to look at and treasure. Take care =)
@naseeha (1385)
• India
27 Jun 08
What philosophical words!!! I have read these lines before and pondered on their truth,. Thanks for sharing it here too. I liked reading them again.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Thanks for sharing! I have read some passages by Kahlil Gibran but I haven't encountered this or perhaps I had but I was not that immersed into it for I have forgotten all about it. Our children, though they came from us biologically speaking, they maybe our flesh and they have our genes but they are unique individuals that only reside in us for a few moments. Once they are ready to explore the world on their own, they will be subjected to the environment's influence but of course, the bow where an arrow was lunched will affect how the projection of the arrow will be.