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Letters to a young poet

A reader named Kathleen sent me a lovely email, and in it she included a letter by Rainer Maria Rilke.

See, I give you guys stories about poop and bees, you quote beautiful poets back.

This is the part that resonated with me:

…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.

Thank you, Kathleen.