Caring for another is an innate ability that all animals have at one level or another. We all have the desire to be part of groupings and to belong, thus we form communities and families. Some animals’ nurturing time frames have short cycles and others have longer ones. As humans, we mostly enjoy and build upon our nurturing cycles as we ourselves mature. Admittedly some do resist the desire to take care of another. This message is for those looking to advance their knowledge and wisdom in this area. I would like to share not only my own opinions about this important responsibility of “molding” and loving others, but the opinions of others that I myself find uplifting.
Shared words of Kahlil Gibran, (from the book 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 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.”