A timely invitation to live the questions

Wisdom from the poet Rilke at the turn of the 20th century in his Letters to a Young Poet:

“I ask you, dear sir, to have patience with all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves, like closed rooms, like books written in a foreign language. Don’t try to find the answers now. They cannot be given anyway, because you would not be able to live them. For everything is to be lived. Live the questions now. Perhaps you then may gradually, without noticing, one day in the future live into the answers.”

+ Rainer Maria Rilke, excerpt from the fourth letter, translated by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows