Ruminations on a New Year

Ruminations on a New Year
January 3

Numbers of folks posted Parker Palmer’s “Five Questions for Crossing the Threshold” on Facebook. He includes a favorite quote of mine by Rainer Maria Rilke. At this time of year this quote is much on my mind and my heart. A copy is taped on my refrigerator where I see it often.

“I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are 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.” (From Letters to a Young Poet)

This quote speaks so much Truth to me. So much is unsolved in my heart. I seek patience (but I tend to seek it right now! and without much patience. The answers are beyond me, and so, my task is to live the questions.

Palmer shares five questions for the New Year. My questions are below:

–Am I to be patient even about seeking patience?
–How do I embrace the uncertainty of the questions when my being wants the certainty of answers?
–How do I love more, see the world more generously?
–How can I live more in the moment, be more alive to the present?
–How do I enter the risky world of questions?

As the New Year begins, I invite you to think about, and maybe make a list, of the questions that burn most brightly for you. And then live them.