Live the questions now. Live your way into the answer.
Posted November 17, 2009on:
Last night, I stumbled on a wonderful collection of poems. Do bookmark this link and keep it for a moment when you want to relax.
For this morning, at a time when the economies of the UK and the US are about to become very turbulent, it is good to read a poem from German poet, Rainer Rilke.
…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.
Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
It is so hard to think about living without a clear goal. We’ve been taught to be wilful rather than curious.
Maybe the first question is what it would feel like to turn all my goals today into questions?
What would it be like to get up? What will it like to have a shower?
Just to ask a series of questions?