We live without knowing what may happen. The fresh experience is the human one. Rainer Maria Rilke makes it a bit more palatable by adding patience:
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves.
It is possible to live and not know.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Patience provides a physical pause, maybe even a breath. It sits us down to what is playing.
The Rilke quote is how I ended my last post before my hip replacement surgery. It went very well; in fact, it was never more than a leitmotif in the overarching theme of my ever-changing health and lifestyle.
And much did change but that is for other days.
Today is about the unresolved, about my promise to let you know what questions I discovered. I cannot remember them all but so many times I lacked patience; some days, I didn’t even look around for it.
But patience is integral to being present. It is what allows us to sit silence when we are blindsided. Perhaps we are too wrapped up in our certainty to see what is actually occurring. We set ourselves up.
Is it possible to be so present, so open to the experience of being alive that it matters not how high the wave of impermanence?
It is the question I came away with, after all the other questions arrived and left. Answers are time-sensitive, transient, but questions are the beat of the unresolved heart.
It is for us to learn to love them.