Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thank you, Eric

I want to beg you, as much as I can . . . 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.

- Ranier Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet


  1. Thank you for posting this. It quiets my heart.

  2. oh my, is that a powerful one.

  3. This passage was so important to me about 8 months into our MCC assignment when our positions were clearly a failure and we had been waiting for months for something to change. It was a definite low point for us and I held these words deep in my heart. They gave me peace while we waited for the answers that did, eventually, come.