miscellaneous thoughts


Perspectives on Love from Rainer Maria Rilke

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate–?), it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.

A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
It really does seem that life responds to our expectations. The things that are the hardest to bare so often emanate simply from emotional habits which we cling to for familiarities sake. Sometimes all it takes is to walk through a door and leave struggle behind as if it was an old and unflattering jumper that is no longer needed in the relocation to warmer climes. Walk through the door where love, trust and joy are the currency of the day. Where our creative minds roam freely and manifest the most wonderful shared moments.
the other side



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Amazing the way rainbows make people stop. Suddenly what seemed like a banal moment becomes a memorable one, as light is gently pried apart by vapor allowing us to see the inner beauty and complexity which was there all along but which we had momentarily forgotten about. Caught up in some intellectual conundrum or wondering how to put food on the table, who is going to win the next football game or if those we admire are by a stroke of good fortune struck in return by our merits……. a rainbow a day would help in maintaining a moment by moment resolve………