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Raison d’etre.

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,
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you…

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.

– Kahlil Gibran
(paraphrased; view the full reading here)