More from Rilke

From Letters. . . yes, again.

"People have (with the help of conventions) oriented all their solutions toward the easy and toward the easiest side of the easy; but it is clear that we must hold to what is difficult; everything alive holds to it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself in its own way and is characteristically and spontaneously itself, seeks at all costs to be so and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must hold to what is difficult is a certainty that will not forsake us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it."

I've said it before and I'll say it again--so often, we don't choose what we read. What we read chooses us. This one came right on time.


Eamonn said...

Solitude is easy any more maybe because am old or have 6 kids from 15 yrs. to 18 months but I really value solitude. The difficult not so much but I get the Allah smiles on adversity concept. Is this poetic prose wednesday now ?

enc said...

It's a cool message for our FedEx mentality/silver platter syndrome society.

teach people not books said...

s.-lol yes i suppose it is. maybe i'll try to expand on your lovely alliterative title. i just like the whole worthwhile endeavors shouldn't be easy part.

enc-weirdest thing. as i read your comment, and got to "fedEx," there was a FedEx commercial simultaneously verbalizing the name. yes, you're right, there is a certain patience that is inherent in the message here. patience is one virtue made too scarce these days.