Living the Questions

"...have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and 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
It's hard for me to be patient, especially when I have questions. I want the answer NOW. If I want to know something, I just Google it or download a book to my Kindle.

So what does it mean to "live the questions?" How does one do that? 

What kind of questions need to be lived rather than answered?

I'm not sure... but some of the questions I've been "living" for most of my life are:

  • Who am I?
  • What's my purpose?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What happens when we die?
  • Why can't we all just get along?

What questions are you "living" these days?

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?  (Psalm 8:3-4)