80 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[ All credit to Christine Lebrasseur, whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

 

“How true Daddy’s words were when he said:

>All children must look after their own upbringing.<

 

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,

but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

 

[ Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl ]

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4 thoughts on “80 Of 365 (366) For 2012

    • Thank you, Karen 🙂 Yes, I imagine it’s hard … letting go and accepting that if there is only so much you can do then that means there is only so much you can have done in the past. I wonder if I will struggle with that with my children some day, but I’m sure I will. 🙂

      There is this poem I read a while ago, which somehow ties in nicely to this:

      On Children
      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.

      [ http://www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html ]

      • So lovely. I bought a book the other day on ‘The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran’. I’ve only read ‘The Prophet’. Maybe this was my sign to go pick the book up. Thanks for sharing. His words are just beautiful.

        • Tricia (from creatingreciprocity) told me once that there are no coincidences in this world – I think that might be true 🙂 I think I like the idea – of us all (globally) being connected in the good and in the bad, it makes for a less lonelier feeling 🙂

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