Monday, August 2, 2010

Khalil Gibran on Children (The Prophet) ~ Ancient Teachings and the Modern Educator

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To weave the wisdom of the ancient teachings, philosophers and poets, artists, explorers, inventors, creators, scientists, the arts and the academics, is to fully embrace the principles of growth, development, creativity, learning and teaching. To integrate long standing wisdom into a present day experience for learners across the age span has been the mission and purpose of APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems.™ Embracing all that defines potential, providing meaningful experiences and opportunities for exploration, discovery, and development, define the working intentions of each activity. Shared here today are the words of Kahil Gibran, 1883-1931, Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Writer, Philosopher, Theologian, Visual Artist, author of "The Prophet."

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

"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."

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