G is for Gratitude

The week one was hectic, daily posting, and readings and I’ve been pretty lagging on the latter.

For week 1, I took you through A to F, and today we start with G.

G for me stands for gratitude.

When I was researching this topic, I used many search words, “Grateful parents” “Gratitude towards Children”. I twisted the words but all I found was, “How to raise a grateful child.” I was disappointed, and then I remembered this beautiful poem by Kahlil Gibran.

On Children

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.

In the hustle bustle of life, and for owning up whatever we have, we forget that our children are not our children, but as Khalil Gibran says, “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.”

We should be thankful to our children for choosing us as our parents, for giving us the meaning in life, for teaching us how to be a parent. A parent is never a parent before he holds the tiny tot in his arms and in heart. That little soul teaches you and takes you through the wonderful journey of parenting.

Without children, the house is empty though clean. They make a mess, but through that mess, they make moments beautiful and enjoyable. They make our hearts swell with pride with their thoughtful deeds. They make us laugh, they make us cry and they make life more liveable. They bring meaning to each day.

Before we talk about teaching gratitude to our children, we should appreciate them for their presence in our life.

My life wouldn’t have been same sans my son. His little pranks, his laughter, his love, his tantrums, all make life beautiful.

What about you? I am sure for every parent their children are the lifeline. But have you ever thanked them for being there in your life?

I am participating in A2Z Blogging Challenge this April and this post is my entry for letter G.

11 thoughts on “G is for Gratitude

  1. Beautiful poem and loved your message that we should be grateful to our children. Normally its the other way round but you have given a wonderful insight with this.

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  2. This is such a beautiful post and an equally heart touching poem. Indeed we think children should consider lucky to have us as parents but the truth is that we should be grateful for them choosing us to be their parents.

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  3. Such a beautiful post! So glad I came across it. (Dropping by from A to Z.) I have 3 kids. 2 are now adults building families of their own, and I miss them every day. Especially given that we’re living in different states now. My youngest is 13, and – because the other two have left the nest – I make a conscious effort to enjoy the time that I have left with her. I don’t always succeed in being in the here and now, but I’m doing much better these days than I have in the past.

    Thank you for sharing!

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