Wednesday, March 14, 2012

live the questions now.

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Susan, of 29 Black Street, blogged this quote the other day and I'm so glad she did. I'd seen it before, had even written it in my journal, but of course, wise words seem to disappear from one's mind when they're most needed. 

There is a lot unsolved in my heart right now and I have a lot of questions that will remain unanswered for the foreseeable future. Where will I live? Who will I live with? Where will I work? What career will I choose? Will I be happy? How will I spend my free time? Who will my friends be?

Those are just some of the questions I'm obsessing over lately. Others include worrying about loved ones, wondering where friends will end up, and travel plans. Minor and major things. 

I can try to find the answers. I am trying to find the answers, but perhaps I shouldn't. At the very least, I shouldn't let myself become as stressed as I do. There may come a time that I wish some aspects of my life were unknown. 

So, I will try to be patient and live my life with faith that everything will work out. 


  1. Hey Amanda, It's funny ... pretty much the same thing for me. I'd read the quote before, loved it then, maybe I've even posted it before but like you said "wise words disappear".

    I think I googled "quotes about feeling lost" after a particularly sad & volatile few days, days where I too was questioning everything and beating myself up ruthlessly. I think it's essential to continue to ask the questions - I believe that's what gives us movement - sometimes forward, sometimes sideways and sometimes what feels like backward - but really it's all forward motion. A domino effect.

    The secret, I think, that you & I and a billion other people need to practice is kindness, patience, love & faith that life will happen as it is meant to happen. You are captain of your own ship & it sounds to me like you are an excellent navigator. Loads of love from snowy NS xoxo Susan + gang

  2. Thank you so much, Susan. Both for posting the quote and for your comment. I think you hit the nail on the head with needing to practice kindess, patience, love, and faith - especially towards ourselves. I tend to beat myself up too much, I think.


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