On Sunday, June 6th, contributors at the Daily Gumboot will lace up their running shoes, soak in sunscreen, and run for oncology research at BC Children’s Hospital. You can support our team, aptly named “Team Media Awesome” here.
It’s hard to describe the feeling you get from supporting a cause like ChildRun. Our generation has so much to do in this lifetime and so many things to pass on to our children. Something tells me the hardest work is yet to come and to accomplish it, we need healthy children living disease-free, nourished and loved, all around the world. And, after all, gumboots are worn best by young people jumping in puddles and living cancer-free.
Next to Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, Khalil Gibran is one of the most widely read poets in history. I believe his words perfectly describe our role and responsibility when it comes to caring for the next generation:
“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.”
- Khalil Gibran, The Prophet