Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kahlil Gibran, "On Children", Re-Post

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.

-Kahlil Gibran, "On Children"

Yes, that's me on the day my son was born. On the right are him and his fiancee, who are getting married next month. Where did the time go? It really does go by faster as you age, weeks and months vanish, seasons seem like weeks, irreplacable, precious, then gone forever. That's the natural order in the "Circle of Life", though most of us rarely think about it in that way. But sometimes a life event, like their upcoming marriage, stops you in your tracks, and you think deeply, and realize that, for all the heartaches, struggles and pain of our daily lives, the countless frustrations, grief in losing others we love, the great successes and the crushing failures- in the end it was all worth it. And the next generation carries Life forward, to places we can't go, and that, too, is as it should be, and good, very, very good...

2 comments:

  1. I feel sad about parents, as if lost their life time treasures for no reason. I want to know, did Kahlil Gibran said anything on family and parents?

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  2. I feel sad about parents, as if lost their life time treasures for no reason. I want to know, did Kahlil Gibran said anything on family and parents?

    ReplyDelete