In the wake of the horrible tragedy last month in Newtown, Connecticut, it is hard as a parent to fathom what the families of those lost have experienced. It’s difficult to find words with the power to comfort when the loss is so great.
At Well-Being, each issue we focus on ways we can all live healthier, safer lives, but at times when a community, that could be our community, is struck by such senseless violence, we realize some things are beyond our power to control, and that realization can be terrifying.
Every day is precious. In this new year, let us hold our children a little closer, let us try to keep our tone a little kinder. And, let us remember that we are all loved and held dear by our maker. In doing so may we also love others as we are loved.
We, the staff of Well-Being, wish the best for all of our readers. May your New Year be filled with health, happiness and peace, especially peace.
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.