Live Your Way into the Answer

Jun 07, 2022

On my June 1 show of Unlocked, Cees Hoogendijk read a poem that I promised to post on the site. I thought that a blog post would be the best way to do so. It is a remarkable poem — as the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke usually is. As I listened to Cees reading it, I was struck by the manner in which life itself molds to our curiosity. Read and enjoy.

Live your questions
...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 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.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
in: Letters to a Young Poet

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