Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hidden Treasures

Rainer Maria Rilke

In his writings, the German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke promoted the importance of patience and acceptance in the thought-life of an artist. He encouraged aspiring writers with the famous words, "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to learn to love the questions themselves."
Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet is a text to which I return again and again for inspiration and encouragement. Today I began compiling a selection of quotes from the first letter in this collection. Rilke's thoughts about looking to our current environment for inspiration led me to combine his words with photos taken in the woods beyond our house. It seemed a natural combination...I will post the finished project soon.
I am grateful for the reminder to appreciate the beauty that is right outside my back door - to search for loveliness in surprising places. The woods is an obvious treasure trove for such discoveries. Big city apartment buildings and arid deserts are no less stunning. I wonder what riches are waiting to be found in your environment today...

The portrait at top (c. 1907), by Paula Modersohn-Becker is a public domain image uploaded from {{PD-Art}}

1 comment:

  1. Something magical about the photo; I expect to see a unicorn trot into view. Riches in my environment today... I hope to find something new, even if it's something very small.

    Hope your day is wonderful.


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