Wednesday, October 08, 2003


"I beg you to 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 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 ever noticing it, live your way into the answer."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and it’s not always clear what that reason is. The way I look at it, we’re not the ones creating the reason in the first place, so why should we always have all the answers?

Many would argue with those comments. And I’d love to have a dialogue on that. Even if the reason is to learn something new, whether a fact, skill or something in ourselves, it’s all a part of growing in life.

But if we spend all our time trying to figure everything out, we won’t be just doing, living, growing, creating. We’d be in the midst of a tug of war which might never be resolved. And what’s the point in that?

So many things have happened in my life for which there’s no rhyme or reason. Some were my greatest learning experiences (which, truthfully, I would have loved to have lived least then) and some were my greatest gifts. Now, looking back, I realise they were all gifts!

Donna Karlin

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