It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 12
Our Christmas gathering 2011
In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.
#29 of 30 things I'm thankful for in November
I am thankful for my children. Each and everyone of them is special and I'm very blessed to have them all.
Khalil Gibran is my favorite on the subject:
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself…. 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 be like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday
You need only watch a child’s free spirit for a moment to see the pure joy they hold inside. Children living in the moment, without much regard for what has happened in the past. They love openly, without restriction, and they take pleasure in every thing they do. If you have children of your own, enjoy them every chance you get because they grow for too quickly and before you know it that time is gone. If you do not have children find ways to enjoy others, or embrace the values that they live by and find a way to incorporate them into your life. You will be amazed by how much you can learn from a child if you are willing.
Even if the relationship you have with your family is not good, you should still be thankful that you have them at all. So many people throughout the world have no one at all that relates to their past, their blood, and their lives.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.