Tomorrow’s soul

As she lay sleeping, I ponder: Whom does she look like? And what will she look like a few years from now?

What will her interests be? Will she be an artist like her father and me, her aunt? Or will she be a brilliant mind with extra-ordinary capabilities of reasoning and mathematics, like her mother?

What will we teach her? What will I teach her? What values will she be raised in? What will I stand for in her life?

These thoughts reminded me of a beautiful paragraph written by Khalil Gibran in his soul enlightening book, ‘The Prophet’.

“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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