Thursday, May 26, 2005
live the questions
i beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. don't search for the answers, which could not be given 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
it intrigued me. it was certainly not my perspective at that time on how to approach life, but i could see definite benefits to such a perspective - a reminder that we don't have to have it all figured out right now and the permission to explore and let things unfold. over the next few months i kept coming across the poem. each time it appealed to me more. so i got myself a copy of the poem and decided to make living the questions a goal for my life.
in the recent period, i keep having this feeling of coming full circle. of remembering my original intentions, ideas and goals for creating dream big and feeling like wow i am ending up where i wanted to be after all. although my path has gone this way and that veered off here and there i am moving towards a future that i believe will be exactly as it should be.
last night, i had a poignant experience of the universe unfolding, of this feeling of coming full circle, and was totally energized by it. i won't share the exact details but essentially one unlikely situation led to another situation which led to my being at a presentation that was exactly what i needed to hear next.
all of this fills me with excitement, not because i am nearing 'the answer' but because i'm discovering how fun living the questions can be.
try it out, this perspective of living the questions. i find it lets you off the hook in a certain way, relieves that need to "know it all" and it sure adds to the adventure! and as always, i'd love to hear about the questions your living, your explorations, and the unfolding of your life.