live the questions

I often find myself waiting/searching for answers or trying to manipulate the outcome of a certain situation, obsessing over how things will eventually end up. Life is fickle and uncertain, but that’s part of the joy. We must remind ourselves that in order to fully experience the beauty of life we need to relish the unknown and live our own questions. So today what I’m meditating on, as I often do, is one of my favorite quotes from German poet Marie Rainer Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet.

“…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

– Marie Rainier Rilke, 1903.

Live your questions.

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