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    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:26PM / Standard Entry / Members only
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    I'm reading a book called "The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck.  It's a classic on life, love and self-discipline.  Am loving it so far.  My only question is, given it was written over 20 years ago, howcome I only recently stumbled upon it?!?!

    Quoted in the book, from The Prophet:
    ~ ++ ~

    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.

    ~ ++ ~

    Words originally meant to discourage parents from overly controlling their children.  But as it happens, words appropriate for most human relationships.
    Why do we try to influence our friends, family and loved ones to be just like us?

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  • vivianl
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    posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:39PM [Report]
    You know what? I've read this poem before...lol. A long, long, long time ago...and I actually wrote it down in this one book I had where I kept quotes I liked.

    The version I had ended at this line though - For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

    Didn't know there were more.

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