Saturday, June 19, 2010

Be Patient ...


Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and 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
- Letters to a Young Poet

Image from 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' BBC 2008 adapted from the novel by Thomas Hardy

16 comments:

puerileuwaite said...

This is why I no longer chase my dream. Instead, we've agreed to meet up at a future, undisclosed location.

Little Lamb said...

I like that.

HLiza said...

It says a lot of what we should do Dianne..after a while I am more patient with life questions..

foam said...

too bad he only lived to be 51 ..
i could have really stood for him to write letters to middle aged wannabe artists ..

dianne said...

That is a good idea Puggles my sweet, make prior arrangements to meet up with your dream, then you are guaranteed of finding it/her.

xoxox ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear Lamby
I am pleased that you liked it my little woolly friend. xoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear HLiza
it is good advice, it does say a lot about lifes questions, about patience and living in the moments we have instead of hoping for things that we may never find or have ... his words spoke to me, I must be more accepting of my situation.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thanks Foamy dear,
Yes he was not very old when he died, such a shame, his letters are very wise and beautiful.
These particular words from letter #4 certainly spoke to me and made me think about my own life.
Foamy dear friend 'middle age' is now the new 40,well that's what I'm telling myself :-) and you aren't a 'wanna be' artist you are a true artist, just take a look at all of your achievements, your drawings, paintings,photography, short film making, radio star and much, much more. xoxoxo ♡

Kathleen Scott said...

Fine quote. Years back, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I learned that life--all of life--is this minute. We don't give up on the future but we're not guaranteed beyond now. So we have to make peace with now in order to live.

Lesley said...

A very wise outlook beautifully written. I'm always grateful for reminders to stop being impatient. :)

dianne said...

Thanks dear Kathleen
yes life is now and we must make the most of it for we don't know what the future holds for us, if anything at all.
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis of breast cancer, I do hope you have fully recovered? I have not had it myself but I do know from people close to me whom I have helped that the journey to recovery is long and painful.
I had major heart surgery almost seven years ago, the recovery was long, painful and frustrating as I am such an independent person but I was thankful to be alive ... it certainly taught me to slow down, to be more patient with my limitations at that time and to live each day as if it was my last.
One of the best days I can remember was coming home from the hospital and seeing my garden once more, it was Summer and everything looked bright, fresh and new, even the sky looked more beautiful, the scent of the air was sweet and there was an abundance of flowers, something I thought I would never see again.
I shall never forget that day; of course there have been many ups and downs in my life since then but I am reasonably happy, I just have to remind myself every now and then to be patient. xoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Lesley

Yes this advice from Rainer Rilke is beautifully written, what a wise and sensitive man he must have been.
I was reading through some of his letters and there are some really beautiful lessons about life in them, this particular one spoke to me.
It made me think about living for the moment and the futility of being impatient for things that I hope for like love in my life, which I doubt will ever come my way again, it does seem important to me sometimes and yet really it does not matter, as it does not define who I am.
I like how Rilke tells us to have patience for maybe we aren't yet ready for the answers we seek and yet he still leaves us with a little hope.
It reminds me of a saying I have heard, I think it is a Buddhist quote "When the student is ready, the teacher will come"... maybe the answers we seek will come when we are ready but meanwhile have patience and be accepting of what we now have. xoxo ♡

The Mess said...

To be patient is so typical for a woman.

To sit and wait for him to make that phone call..

To wait until he reveals if he is interested or not.

To wait until he breake that sphere and come close..

I like females and one thing is that they most often think good about guys..

dianne said...

Yes dear M we women are patient.

Yes we do sit and wait for that phone call or message, sometimes it seems like forever.

Yes we wait until he reveals if he is interested or not, sometimes that can feel like an eternity too.

So lovely when he does cross that threshold of distance both physically and emotionally and comes close.

Yes I like guys, I have some male friends, but just friends, most of them are really nice when you get to know them and have many endearing qualities. xoxoxo ♡

/t. said...

if patience
is the answer...

what is the question?

× × ×

/t.

dianne said...

Thanks dear /t. , a good point.
The questions are those things in our lives which allude us, the things we want but cannot have, the things that unsettle us ... patience is sometimes a temporary state of mind which helps us cope with what is missing in our lives and an understanding that we may never have what we desire, an acceptance of how our life is.
We must not give up hope completely but realise that some things that we want are not attainable and have the ability to understand what is and what isn't possible.
xoxoxo ♡