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Love the questions

>> 11 June 2009

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves ...

Don't search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is, to live everything.

Live the questions now.

Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
you will gradually, without even noticing it,
live your way into the answer.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke


Lance 13 June 2009 at 12:55  

You don't know how much I can relate to this. On a recent vacation, something completely unplanned happened. I found myself in a very contemplative mood - and lots of questions came up for me at this time. And I was okay with not having answers, the questions themselves were good enough. And I'm finding answers coming, now - when I least expect them...and it's all very good for me. Thanks so much for this!

Tim 15 June 2009 at 20:33  


I can relate to this post as well. I am in career transition mode and have been reading a lot of career books and encountering a lot of questions. I've answered some, but there are many that I've been having trouble with. It is reassuring to read your post. Thanks!

I TAKE OFF THE MASK 17 June 2009 at 14:03  

Nice one, sometimes we do have a tendency to be anxious whenever we don't get the answers right away. What we don't realize is that we can never answer them until we pause for a while and start living life, believing those questions will be answered one way or the other. :)

Janice Lynne Lundy 19 June 2009 at 14:58  

Hi Mimi,
Followed a few threads to find you here. I am always drawn to people (and blogs!) that support mindful living. This quote by Rilke is one of my absolute favorites. One absolutely sharing with others...
Blessings to you!

Mindful Mimi 22 June 2009 at 10:20  

@ Lance: it is a big step to just 'live' the questions, the doubts, even the negative feelings. The questions stimulate creative thinking if you open up to it. The answers come when you're ready.

@Tim: trouble is good, as long as it doesn't turn into anxiety. Anxiety stifles creativity. Trouble and questions let it out.

@I take off the mask: the answer always comes, doesn't it? we are often so impatient and stressed that we forget that questions are the most important part of learning.

@Jan: Thanks for visiting Jan and glad you liked it. Come back often.

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