The Circle Game

I am thinking of my friend today, who is having her baby, and this song and these words (which have humbled and awed and served as a reminder to me all these years):

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.

-Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

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3 Responses to The Circle Game

  1. clinock says:

    Gibran’s poetic and completely truthful and insightful words are so right on and only a parent can understand this truth – to love and let go is all we can do for our children…

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