The point is to live everything

“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

How do you live through the tension of life? With the tension of not knowing? How do you live within all the brokenness and confusion? Those are valid questions. And I don’t think we will ever know the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke says it perfectly… we must live the questions.

Somehow that only produces more questions, for me at least. How? What does that look like? Surely it isn’t best for me to become apathetic, avoidant, and idle to the things I do not understand. But how do I live the questions, press into growth and deeper understanding, while not obsessing over the answers or becoming completely indifferent?

It seems that there needs to be a balance, a balance that requires trust. Trust in the Divine to hold me and keep me [in place] while I attempt to find my balance. I so badly want to know what the answer is, what to do, where to go, which job to take, who to love, what to say, etc. But I really believe a much fuller life exists in the willingness to not know and chose to live while holding the tensions of life loosely and with grace.

The point isn’t to figure it out. The point is to live the questions.

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