Day Four: Reflection

 

Hello.  Wecome back.  I have once again handed everyone a piece of paper.  On the board, is a short poem by a poet from the Middle East named Kahlil Gibran.  Take a few minutes and write the poem on the piece of paper.  Also, I will need a volunteer to read the poem.
 
The poem:
 
 
•On Children
Kahlil 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.
 
Secondly,  we are going to look at the poem as a whole before breaking it into parts. Pull out your journals and jot down five things about character and morality that caught your attention as you wrote down the poem on the piece of paper. In many case, your family life and community values stay with you throughout life.  Give yourself a maximum of five minutes to quietly write down the three things that struck you about the poem and think about how the poem relates to you and your life. What the poem say to you who character and self-knowledge? What other virutes might the poem help describe?
 
When you are done break into your groups and select three of the aspects of the poem from everyone's list.  Now, as a group discuss why those three things are important to you.  Tomorrow, we will share what we wrote down with the class so carefully plan out ideas.  I am going to hand out a venn diagram where you can list your ideas among the group and think about how those ideas might relate to you.