"The weak lose themselves in God; the strong discover Him in themselves." ~ Allama Iqbal

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Do not force your children

Do not force your children to behave like you, for surely they have been created for a time which is different to your time.

~ Hazrat Ali


  1. Dear Robert,

    This is one of my favourite quotes when it comes to parenting and children. It reminds me Khalil Gibran 's message 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 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."

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Best wishes,

    1. Dear Shaidi,

      Thank you for your visit.

      Thank you so much for sharing this from Khalil Jibran. I like his words a lot, such as "They come through you but not from you..."

      All good wishes,


    2. Dears Shaidi and Robert,

      Thank you for sharing these so beautiful words.

    3. Dear Noor,

      Thank you for your visit and comments :).

      All good wishes,