“Worpswede, near Bremen,
July 16, 1903
…I want to beg you, as much as I can, my dear sir,
to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and to 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.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke
|Albuquerque Bound, September 2009|
Recently I was listening to "Widening Circles" by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated and recited by Joanna Macy. You can find it here.
This reminded me again of the Rilke quote above. It has been one of my favorites for many, many years now. Sometimes I can hold on to the meaning easier than other times. Some days I really want the answers!
Anyway, I thought I'd share these here. They may have special meaning for some of you as well. I'm still having computer pains, so enjoy this photo from the archives!
Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2009