To children starting their journey in life…..

And to my child in particular….




And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’

And he said:

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.

Khalil Gibran

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Charlotte Clewing says:

    That is one of my favourite texts! Always wonderful to read it again, Thanks!

    1. radhika25 says:

      You are up early ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Deepa says:

    such beautiful words. Good luck to Damini. Hope we only long for our arrows to get ahead and reach the target. And be grateful for being a bow who made it possible.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you Deepa ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes it’s so difficult to let go….then one reads Gibran. R

  3. Beautiful…what a gorgeous way to start the new year!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Yes and no ๐Ÿ™‚

      In a couple of days my baby bird will fly away… I can only comfort myself reading Khalil Gibran.

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