Letters to a Young Poet

We have all sat in a classroom for many years for many different reasons. Every now and then we get a teacher who inspires us. They connect with us and teach us lessons that last a lifetime. One of my dear English professors read this passage to me. I was so touched that I went shortly out and bought the book. Here is the quote :

“You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, 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 to you because you would not be able to live them. 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.”

I have always tried to love the questions that life threw at me. And I have now seen that as I lived into the answers they slowly came. As I became more ready to accept the response I gently peacefully received it. It is a process that I return to continually. Whenever I feel comfortable with the process life will throw another question at me that I am not quite prepared to answer. I have to remember that answers are not always manifest instantly. Because this is an instant age we don’t enjoy the patience that questions can teach us. But after the struggle the peace that accompanies the response is worth the wait.

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, 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 to you because you would not be able to live them. 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.

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Letters to a Young Poet

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