“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to 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 to 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 even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

What questions are you living? My question for life right now: “What is it like to live without fear?”

Note: This post is a condensed version of this one. The photo is from my garden.


Jana is a university administrator and teaches History. Her soloblog is

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  1. FoxyJ says:

    No one else is commenting, but I really liked this quote at this point in my life. I’m in the middle of some big transitions (my husband just left me) and I feel like my life is one big question at this point. The biggest fear/uncertainty I have right now is the fact that I keep feeling like I should go back next year for a PhD, but I don’t feel like I can do it. In general my big questions right now are things like “what’s best for my kids?” “who am I and what do I want from life?” “how do I move on and forgive someone who has really hurt me?” So many questions; I think the answer really is to just keep living through the uncertainty. Thanks for this quote.

  2. AmyB says:

    One of my big questions right now is “What do I have to give?”

  3. Caroline says:

    Loved the quote, Jana. It really rings with me.

    My questions are:
    “How am I going to raise my children with regard to spirituality and faith?”

    “How am I going to find ways to compromise with Mike on the above question?”

    “How can I balance my Mormon faith tradition with my own spiritual needs?”

    “What should I do with my life professionally? When should I start down this new road?”

  4. Deborah says:

    I thought about this as I was writing the Integrity lesson. I’ve listed a lot of the questions I live with in the first section of that post. How to live in many worlds and yet live with integrity has been a running question/theme in my life . . .

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