live the questions…

I’ve been reading enough authors that quote Rainer Maria Rilke I figured it was time to actually read him for myself. Tonight I came across this:

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. (From Letters to a Young Poet)

I love that quote, and if the book were not a library book, I’d be underlining it (I am still reading books the old fashioned way, on paper…I know, I know, I need a kindle) and putting stars next to it to come back to and read over and over. We live in a world that seems to rush to the answers, to shun any posture of questioning or ‘not yet’ in the midst of a journey. We analyze the questions, read self-help books to solve them, medicate them–but love them?

I wonder what we lose by our impatience with all that is unsolved in our hearts…?


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