Balance: this has been a week completely without it. In its place, much coughing, sneezing, working crazy hours, and biting my tongue with nasty clients. I'm heading off to a weekend of meditation with members of my synagogue and hope to return with some of the equilibrium I've lost these past few weeks. Last night I searched for a text to share with the group, as we all will, and happened upon this quote from Rilke via the Velveteen Rabbi (one of Time Magazine's top blogs of the year! yasher koah!)
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to 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.
-- from the letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
I hope I can heed these words and listen to all the questions that arise during these two days of silence--and above all, that I may be patient.