I often gravitate toward the words of others. My first memory of really understanding the power of words came while reading Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet. Different passages made an impression on me. I remember feeling comfort reading some of the words over and over again. In my journal, I wrote down passages that really held me in awe. That habit lingered. I still write down, word for word,passages that make me think or illicit an emotion or offer comfort. My bookshelf is filled with journals of various quotes.
I’ve decided to try something new in this space. Every Thursday I will present a quote or picture that moves me. After almost three and a half years of blogging, I feel the need to take a leap and experiment. Change is beating, knocking on my soul, not only in my writing life, but in other areas as well. And I want to capture this momentum. How fitting that I begin with Rilke for my debut of this new segment in my space:
“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