The Best Thing I Read This Week Is …

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It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension,which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar presence that has entered us; because everything we trust and are used to is for a moment taken away from us; because we stand in the midst of a transition where we cannot remain standing. That is why the sadness passes: the new presence inside us, the presence that has been added, has entered our heart, has gone into its innermost chamber and is no longer even there, – is already in our bloodstream. And we don’t know what it was. We could easily be made to believe that nothing happened, and yet we have changed, as a house that a guest has entered changes. We can’t say who has come, perhaps we will never know, but many signs indicate that the future enters us in this way in order to be transformed in us, long before it happens. And that is why it is so important to be solitary and attentive when one is sad: because the seemingly uneventful and motionless moment when our future steps into us is so much closer to life than that other loud and accidental point of time when it happens to us as if from outside. The quieter we are, the more patient and open we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate.

– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via The Dish)

I love this and believe so much in letting yourself feel everything.  All those feelings we try to flatten out with positivity may be the future entering us in order to be transformed in us.



2 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Read This Week Is …

  1. This is a very enriching post. It is true that we have to pay attention to sadness and other feelings so that we can honour them and deal with them, and then go onto becoming stronger and more self aware, confident people, Yes, we have to let ourselves feel everything, sadness included. Thanks for this great post.


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