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Letting Go of Our Children

by Mawi on January 13, 2013

Kahlil Gibran is an acclaimed writer from the early 20th century. In this poem, he makes a point that is both liberating and terrifying: as adults, we can love and guide our children, but their lives and decisions are their own.

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.

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1 clay January 14, 2013 at 4:30 am

Thank for the timely post – it is finals time and it is difficult trying to persuade a freshman – he thinks he’s invincible and doesn’t need to study, though I suspect it is becuase he has no idea where to start! Again, thanks

2 Mawi January 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Haha – good luck!

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