On Children

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 seek to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

From “On Children”, in Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

(via Austin Kleon)