Like a child

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Children are my favorite people. I love to see them happy and protected,  but often I see them neglected and abused.  They are “inconvenient”, “economically worthless”, “unwanted”.  Their parents regret having them, and are itching for them to move out so that they can finally get some “life”.  For this post I have collected a few quotes and videos related to children and “being like children”.

The words of Kahlil Gibran are very often quoted and discussed.

A nursing mother asked the Prophet: Speak to us on children.

This is his answer.

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.

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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.

We cannot make our children in our own image and likeness.  We have to give them freedom to grow.  But there is something else in this poem, that I find very important. Our children are given to us, which means, we will have to account for them.

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Teenagers are also children, and they are entitled to our love. They do not want to listen to our words very often, but they certainly see our example. Even if people tragically make wrong decisions, any effort their parents have made is not in vain, and pays off.

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”
L.R. Knost, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

Every war takes countless lives of innocent children.

Janusz Korczak, a doctor and author, was a principal of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw from 1910-th.

“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. ‘The unknown person’ inside of them is our hope for the future.”  Janusz Korczak

When the institution was sent  to the Treblinka extermination camp, he refused to leave his orphans  and went to the gas chamber with them. He told the children to wear their best clothes, and take with them a favorite book or toy, as if they went for a trip.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems

The life is tough, but  it is much easier to bear the burden of life if you have good memories of your childhood, parents and grandparents.   Make these memories for your children to strengthen them at the times when they need to be strong .

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“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.”— Rabindranath Tagore

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“Children see magic because they look for it.”
  ― Christopher Moore, writer

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The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. – Pablo Casals, musician

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“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy

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“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” Louis Pasteur

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We all know that there is a little child in us. All our experiences and ages are preserved in us.

Act as a child when you feel it is a right time to do so. It might make the world a better place.

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

You don’t necessarily have to have your own children, it doesn’t make much difference (go back to the first quote). About 25% of world population are children. You may be their relative or neighbor; you may be physician, senator, president, baby food manufacturer, movie maker,  writer,  teacher, farmer… Just don’t do anything that can harm them.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful day!

73 comments

  1. The way to happiness is to be like a child – childlike! The little children look so sweet and innocent. And of course Kahlil Gibran’s poem is beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend Inese 🙂

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        1. You are exactly as your name Inese 🙂 I really adore this name… ❤ Hugs to u !! 🙂
          My name is dervied from the Himalayan mountains which means cool and calm, but I am exactly the opposite 😉 :p

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Exactly – what is wrong with us? People cannot control their rage – it is a common disease of the recent times, a self-destruction of society.

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  2. Reblogged this on Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number and commented:
    A beautiful post from Inese, at inesemjphotography. It’s message is simple and powerful.

    “You don’t necessarily have to have your own children, it doesn’t make much difference (go back to the first quote). About 25% of world population are children. You may be their relative or neighbor; you may be physician, senator, president, baby food manufacturer, movie maker, writer, teacher, farmer… Just don’t do anything that can harm them.”

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  3. I like your inclusion of international quotes, Inese. I used to have many Kahlil Gibran quotes on my walls as a teenager and took some off to college. Children are our precious gifts and how we treat them will be passed on and on. . . I liked the Rilke, JFK, Pablo Casals and L.R. Knost quotations, too.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I googled Children Quotes, and read at least a hundred of them before I found the ones I liked. Children are precious and vulnerable. Our world is a tough place to grow up.

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  4. Excelent photographs and perfect quotes aiming to reflect the ideas of Joy and Childhood. Very nice post, my friend. ⭐
    Have a wonderful sunday and week ahead! Best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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  5. Inese – I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your blogs. This was another great one – not sure what I liked best – the photos, poems or the videos. I had forgotten about Janis Joplin’s At Seventeen song – Wow! Could really connect since I am a total kid person and my kids are still the joy of my life, even though they are grown up.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad you loved the song – it is one of my favorites. I am rooting for all the kids in the world, and my heart goes to them because I know how hard the life is.
      Children will always be children, no matter how old 🙂 My best wishes to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Olga! Yes, I absolutely agree – they are all important to us as the future members of society. We don’t want them to grow up as mentally or physically damaged, mean. hateful, irresponsible, indifferent people only because we neglected them as children. We have to invest in them – ours or not 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend you too!

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  6. Lovely images and works. I never realized how wonderful and crucial early childhood is until our little man. So much (Everything basically) of what he says and does, even at 2, is directly related to books, what we say and do and what he sees. Teaching children is a great important and sometimes under-appreciated job.

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment! You are so right about the early childhood. Human life is short, and we develop very fast – it would be a big mistake to think that the very first years have no influence. They have.

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  7. Inese… Kudos! This is one of your very best posts. It’s beautiful in every way. And the photos… they’re gorgeous. The lighting is sublime and the subjects are so beautiful! Mega hugs my friend. 🙂

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