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, Letters to a Young Poet
Today,Thanksgiving day, I hope you can take a moment, pause and listen. Listen to the stories, pause to feel connections, and maybe even make a gratitude list for all of the blessings of this last year. If it is true that what we pay attention to grows, perhaps if we are more patient to all that is unsolved in our hearts, we can live into unexpected answers.
I recently returned from a Vision Quest. The ‘gold’ of the quest, for many of us, was in the unexpected, transforming moments. They came while doing what was in front of us, whether that was sitting or standing in prayer, making a fire, singing a song, fixing food, washing dishes, sharing stories, or hundreds of other small tasks . The gift of the experience was e being willing to be present, and allow it to unfold. And even if we could not welcome the idea, at least accept, that change requires growth. Growth usually requires surrender of cherished false beliefs and old familiar certainties. Growth sometimes means staying awake for painful moments. Sometimes it means daring to embrace exquisite joy, knowing it is like trying to hold water in your hands. There is no way to know how long it will stay, or what is next. In the place of sacred sacrifice there is a fluidity of possibilities.
Is it time to live into those un-lived possibilities? It may be the most important decision each of us make today. Do we dare allow those possibilities to take form? Answering yes, may mean being more vibrantly alive, more authentically yourself. It also means following your path, making your unique contribution. Our world has never needed that more. I am grateful we get to share the Web of Life.
Happy Thanksgiving 2012!