The wise Rilke

I have been cleaning my apartment and, as usually happens I go to put a book back on my shelf only to be seduced by another and the next thing you know I’m on my blog, compelled to share.  Procrastinating basically – but hopefully with a little more effect than simply reading.

From “Letters to a young poet” (Letter #4)

If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance.  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 unresolved (this is the money quote btw!) 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 to the answer.

I love this quote, every time I read it, because it is such a simple reminder that life will always have questions – that’s actually how we move forward and grow and build knowledge, we ask questions.  However, sometimes I feel like any struggle we ever face is because we are working too hard to find the answers instead of allowing them to just arrive.  In the middle of the night, or while washing dishes or after a brief and random conversation with a new friend, or during a long walk in nature….which is where the answers usually show up.  When we least expect them too.

Do you trust that process?  That process of our natural emotional evolution?  Or, do you expend so much effort  finding and forcing an answer, only to look and back and think “I wish I had waited a bit” or “in hindsight, I would have….”

So much of what we need to learn is process, and patience, not necessarily gather more information.  That too comes when we least expect it.

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