I went to hang with my mom and she’d been going through some old papers of her dad, my grandfather.
He died in the 70’s and was considered crazy by some, spirit filled by others, depending.
I had the good fortune of not having to choose.
In his papers was a handwritten quote from Rainer Maria Rilke. At first I thought it was the complete quote, however with a little investigation I discover he focused it, narrowed its words down to the more essential message. I do the same thing all the time, clear out the noise and define what matters most, perhaps a trait I got from him.
My mom and I read it together and both observed how all humans, at almost all times in history, are really pursuing the same things, struggling with the same sufferings and cultivating love with the same passion.
Here’s the actual quote, then below it, my grandfathers version in his own handwriting:
“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