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Kahlil Gibran on Marriage & Parenthood

Kahlil Gibran on Marriage & Parenthood
“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 house their bodies, but not souls. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

“Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

Here’s some further reading on this theme...

Ho-Hum 'Good' Marriages ~ by Dr. Linda Sapadin

What happens to a relationship after the honeymoon is over? After the kids arrive? After you know each other so well that you can't think of anything to say to each other - except maybe what's for dinner, what's happening with the kids or what are we doing this weekend? Continues...

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