Live the Questions

road in the darkYesterday I posted a song, “Help Me Find It“, that is a prayer on finding God’s will for one’s life, or perhaps for a stage in life. Sometimes, though, we don’t find it right away. Sometimes we feel we’re walking in dark, aimless or at the very least directionally-impaired.

Here is advice from a poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, from his book Letters to a Young Poet … advice for just such times:

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 answer, 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.

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