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Children learn what they live

Fathering from the HEART

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 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.

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