Children pass through us.

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.

a seed of change

Mean parents make mean kids.

Mean kids turn into mean adults.  Mean adults marry other mean adults and make more mean children.  The cycle continues and multiplies for generations.

That is, unless one of those children is a seed.  Even without space and nourishment, a seedling will sprout. She will be stepped on, blown over, cut down.  She will become disfigured, shooting water sprouts to ensure her survival.  Beside the strong, thick oak she will be overlooked.

But she will grow.  She will plant her own seeds.  Even without space and nourishment, seedlings will sprout.  They will protect each other from wind; they will reach too high to be stepped on and grow too strong to be cut down.   A forest will grow.  The old will nourish the new.  The old ones will die and feed the soil, sustaining the next generation.

Kind parents make kind children.  Kind children turn into kind adults, who marry kind adults and make kind children.  And the cycle continues and grows for generations, creating a multiplicity of kindness that can spread to epidemic proportions.

What’s not to love about that?

Be a seed of change.

Choose kindness.