Following up on my earlier post about 16 resolutions, or thoughts to live by, inspired by this article at Brainpickings.org, here is the third thought. It is by Rainer Maria Rilke, and says: “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to 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 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.”
I think this means that you don’t need all the answers. Be patient with those questions without answers, and just live with the questions. Maybe someday when you have more life experience and wisdom the answers will present themselves.
I agree with this. I know very little, and I think humanity overall only knows a tiny fraction of what there is to be known but that’s OK. But I also believe it is through questioning that we grow and learn. Can you imagine if we knew everything? What would there be to explore? It is the questions that make life interesting.
Rainer Maria Rilke (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926) was an Austrian poet and novelist. This quote is from one of his books called Letters to a Young Poet. He was corresponding with Franz Xaver Kappus , a young military student who was trying to decide between a military career or becoming a poet. He asked Rilke for advice and critiques of his poetry.