Below is a passage from the book The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran about parenting that resonates as truth to me.
These words remind us that the window of time to help children build a strong foundation for life is limited. Soon our relationships transform to another phase, in adulthood.
Gibran's words express how blessed we are with the honor and privilege of preparing kids to go on to live their own best lives:
“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.”
I first read these words 15 years ago while pregnant with my son and they never left my mind. Yesterday, for the first time, I read them with him. I felt something was coming full circle:)
I feel blessed.
To your joy,