19 January 2011

rays of hope

And a woman... said, Speak to us of Children.
and he said:
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 to-morrow, 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.
--Kahlil Gibran, from the book The Prophet.

These photos were taken at Brighton beach, late afternoon last weekend when my family went for a drive and stopped by...oh, how i loved watching the children playing in the water, and the people who were paragliding, what a lovely day.

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