The German poet Rainer Maria Rilke says: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.” We get very keen on knowing the answers in modern life, and it would serve us well to remember that, sometimes, it is the questions that should be cherished.
Rilke goes on to say, “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…”
The answers will come to you as you spend time with the questions. Sit quietly with them. Play with them. Dance with them. Take them with you on your daily round. I’m giving you five questions this week, with the promise of more to come.
- If I could be doing anything, would it be what I’m doing now?
- Is worry how I take my measure of the world?
- What do I want to be remembered for when I leave this life?
- What does the wisdom of my body have to tell me?
- Where do my beliefs come from, and where are they taking me? (And a bonus question: Do I really want to go there?)
There are so many more, but these are a good start, don’t you think?
I would love to hear your answers, as they begin to come to you. Please do share!