I know I tend to be upbeat, positive, maybe a little too happy, but we do have bad days as well as good days. Today it was extreme mood swings and tantrums, with some hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, etc. Days like these are emotionally exhausting, but in addition to that they are intellectually exhausting. Did I change something? Is this the wrong program? Could we be doing the wrong things? Are we asking too much or pushing too hard?

I can’t answer these questions today. My mind is a blank slate. I’ve been taking comfort in reading the following passage. I share it because I hope, when someone else is having a hard day, they find it and it helps them find peace. It is from Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” which is one of my go to guides for wisdom and comfort.

“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 to-morrow, 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.”

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