Live the Questions Now

A zen thought — about pausing in a state of tension and uncertainty and non-judging — from Rainer Maria Rilke:

... I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to live 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. ...

... from Letters to a Young Poet (#4) as translated by Stephen Mitchell.

(quoted in slightly different form in a New Yorker magazine essay last month by Andrew Solomon; cf. NotEasy (2001-03-31), ...) - ^z - 2015-04-02