Questions are for holding now…

One of the illusions of our age is that answers are abundant. All we have to do is find them.

In one sense, this is right. We can know far more than we ever thought possible with the internet and AI.

And yet…

What is more valuable is our capacity for digging deeper—so much deeper—and courageously framing the questions that really matter.

To quote Rilke:

… 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. Perhaps you bear within yourself the capacity to imagine and shape a sacred way of life. Prepare yourself for that. Trust what comes to you.

What matters to you now that you need to frame as a question?

Pause. See differently. Re-story…

~ excerpt from the 4th letter, dated July 16th, 1903, in ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, Shambhala Publications, 2021.