Before this, I have never heard of Khalil Gibran but one of his text on parenting and children caught my eye.
"Our 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 our 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."
The last paragraph borders on being more religious themed.
Khalil (1883-1931) was a poet and writer and much of his works deal with Christianity especially on spiritual love.
Just for the record, I am more of a free thinker and do not side with any of the numerous religions out there and I give my respect to all faiths.
But this extract from his works is very very meaningful.
Don't you think so?