Humans, by nature, crave connection. From our first breath to our last, we strive for bonds with others, and one of the deepest is the one between parents and children. Yet in this intricate web of relationships, we often overlook a basic truth: our children are not our possessions.
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They are unique entities, born from the vast expanse of the cosmos, embodiments of life itself. While they originate from us, blossom through us, and share our lineage, they are not mere extensions of our being.
They are whole individuals with dreams, aspirations, thoughts, and emotions inherently their own. We give our children love — that boundless and perpetual love only a parent can grasp. Yet, in sharing this love, we must not mistake it for ownership.
We cannot, nor should we, impose our thoughts, expectations, or wishes on them. They possess their own minds, visions, and views that deserve to be heard and honored.
When we guard and care for their physical well-being, providing shelter, sustenance, and warmth, we must remember their souls are sacrosanct. These souls reside in a world beyond our grasp, a tomorrow we’ve yet to experience and can never fully traverse. It’s a future where our children will forge their path, shaping the world by their will and insight.
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In our eagerness to guide them, we often fall prey to the urge to sculpt them in our image. But life is a river, ceaselessly moving forward, never pausing, never retracing. Instead of fighting the current, we should allow them to sail it, evolving with every twist and turn.
As parents, we are archers and our children, the arrows. With the right tension, precise guidance, and genuine love, we release these arrows into the world’s vast sky. Our goal shouldn’t be to control their trajectory but to ensure they soar freely toward happiness and success.
Kahlil Gibran, in his masterpiece The Prophet, bestowed upon us this reflective legacy, a call to remember our genuine role. We aren’t here to tame or dominate but to nourish, love, and above all, respect. True education and support come from granting freedom, not imposing constraints.
It’s paramount to understand that a parent’s duty isn’t to shape or train children to fit preset societal standards. Instead, it’s about valuing their uniqueness, encouraging their innate talents, and ensuring they aren’t stifled by external world expectations and norms.
Ultimately, every child is a gift, a harbinger of what’s yet to come. By embracing this truth, we enrich not only their lives but ours as well.