This mug features one of our favourite quotes from Khalil Gibran's 'On Children', a beautiful and insightful piece that can be found in his collection, The Prophet. We first came across this quote when we were children ourselves, as an Ismaili awards ceremony. The Prophet was gifted to us in undergrad by a dear friend, and its lessons have stayed with us ever since. We go back to it for inspiration and gift it to others regularly. A beautiful gift on its own, packaged with other pieces (or perhaps a copy of The Prophet!), or as an alternate option in the Bayat Box.
'On Children' by Khalil Gibran
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.
Mug - Gibran's 'On Children'
Our mugs are 15oz. (big enough that our hand fits nicely through the handle!) and dishwasher/microwave safe.