THE ARCHER OF DREAMS

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On Children

by Kahlil Gibran.

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 seeks 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 also loves the bow that is stable.

On Children is a lush, visionary and insightful quilt of the imagination from a great poet of the soul, which contains a world of advice on what it is to lead a good and contented life at peace with ourselves, our children, and the world around us. Don`t fight it, be as one with it.

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