This quotation “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself” fed me and puzzled me at age 17 when I first read The Prophet.
As a teenager I felt a longing for a fuller life and didn’t know how to accomplish that. I also felt that Northern Indiana was not my “real” home and I certainly had no clue where my “real” home might be. My parents often felt like foreigners to me and certainly did not share similar thoughts and longings that I was afraid to express. Dear Readers, sharing this now is the first time in my life that I believe I have said this so clearly. Certainly I explored this in psycho-therapy in my 20’s. Thank goodness for this daily blogging, I’m learning a great deal.
In my ignorance this quotation is still a puzzlement to me. Gibran offered many thoughts, imaginings, and much hopefulness to me as a teenage reader. Sixty years later his wise writing still offers hopefulness and wonder-ings to my mind and spirit.
Who inspired you to find your emotional and spiritual home?