Rilke: On Living the Questions

11 Feb

Our kitchen is almost finished but it’s been days since I’ve seen the stove. 009 kitchen 2 And now today, when it looked like this would never end, here we go: dan The finish line is in sight.

Yesterday when we painted the kitchen, I took a picture of the paint before the yellowish tan was covered. There’s a bird in a snow storm. Under the paint now, but we know it’s there.paint bird

This is the only piece I’ve been able to work on since the house became a zone of disorder.smokey mts. It’s helped me remain sane. And it reflects winter in the Smokey Mountains–this year with lots of rain–replenishing aquifers. But lots of grey skies as well. I’m needing sunshine now. And a little sense of order–just for a day or so.

And finally, as an added bonus to the day this Rilke quote just arrived from a dear, dear friend:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. 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.” (Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, 1934)

11 Responses to “Rilke: On Living the Questions”

  1. laurieclifford February 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Glad to get this today. 🙂


  2. Linda February 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    A newly remodeled kitchen, How lovely! Enjoy! I have the same kitchen cabinets here in Tucson…rainy here today, but usually intensely sunny skies..leave for NYC friday.


    • patricia February 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      ah…another leg of the journey. keep me posted.


  3. Linda February 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    PS: Love the Smokey Mountains!!!!!


  4. Mo Crow February 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    love the red sun and hills, there’s a red thread running through the circle of cloth conjurors!


    • patricia February 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

      there is indeed. such synchronicity.


  5. Mindy February 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Wonderful quote. Thank you.


    • Nancy February 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Love this cloth. Reading “A Walk in the Woods”…so it reminds me of that. That is one of my most important quotes…we have a long history together 🙂



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