Lara provides wonderful images of her neighbourhood, gardens, and pets. This post is one with a single picture and a Khalil Gibran quote about solitude.
Solitude is not loneliness. Teaching can be a lonely profession often done in solitude, largely away from other adults. I was fortunate. For most of my career, I taught in proximity to other adults and this provided rich conversations and insights for reflection to improve my teaching.
Gibran wrote a poem about children, reminding me students I taught were not my children. My favourite line is “their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow.” As a teacher, I only promised I would do my best to prepare students for tomorrow.
In French, the word retirer means to draw back, like an archer. It is in healthy solitude I gather myself, draw back, and find stability in teaching the next generation.
And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
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.
Where do we find solitude? I find it in Nature, in writing, in reading, in teaching, and in living. It is not a place. It is a relationship to life, others, and things.
Kathy took this picture in Jasper National Park. The roots of the trees form steps and a path up from the water falls we were visiting.
Solitude for me happens in nature as well. Sitting by the lake gives me a sense of peace, but so does a stroll through the mountains. I truly believe we need those moments alone in life.
We do. What I find is in the busyness of life I miss those moments sometimes.
Thank you Patrice.
I have chills. I love this post so much because it speaks to my soul. This poem has been a long time favorite of mine as well.
Thank you. It is a poem I think each teacher should spend time with and find their meaning through it.
Beautiful words💖 Love this poem💖 Solitude for me happens when I am alone with my thoughts🌷
Thank you Lara.
Solitude in nature keeps me committed to life, itself. I could never do without it.
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