Krista Tippett, my all-time favorite podcast host, from my all-time favorite podcast On Being, often mentions Rilke and his Letters to a young poet. I finally ordered a copy and read it. When I wrote #blogg100 post number 26 I was reminded of Rilke. Specifically Live the questions now. I grabbed my copy of the book from the shelf, started flicking through it, and slowly, a smile spread across my face.
Oh! The thrill of having another w o n d e r f u l book, filled with my scribbles (in pencil, that’s as far as I can go when it comes to making marks in books), to dig into, and save up for more and more posts for my deep-diving-into-books-theme of #blogg100.
So. Here you are. An invite to live the questions, in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke, a paragraph from one of his letters:
“You are so young, you have not even begun, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that is unsolved in your heart and to try to cherish the questions themselves, like closed rooms and like books written in a very strange tongue. Do not search now for the answers which cannot be given you because you could not live them. It is a matter of living everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, one distant day live right into the answer. Perhaps indeed you carry within yourself the possibility of shaping and forming, as a particularly pure and blessed kind of life; train yourself for it – but take what comes in complete trust, if only it comes from your will, from some inner need of yours, take it to yourself and do not hate anything.”
What a wondrous way of moving in the world:
Living the questions, to live into the answers.
#Blogg100 challenge in 2017 – post number 29 of 100.
The book “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke.
English posts here, Swedish at herothecoach.com.