Saturday, February 5, 2011

Words for the moment

These are the moments I recall why I love reading, when words jump out of a page at you! Just had that experience and as a blog is really more than a public diary here are the words in question:

"be glad of your growing, into which you can take no one else with you, and be good to those that remain behind, and be self-possessed and quiet with them and do not torment them with your doubts and do not frighten them with your confidence or joy, which they could not comprehend. Seek some unpretending and honest communication with them, which you are under no necessity to alter when you yourself become more and more different; love life in a strange guise in them, and make allowances for those ageing people who fear the solitude in which you trust. Avoid furnishing material for a drama which is always impending between parents and children; it uses up much of the children's strength and wastes away the love of their elders, which is operative and warm even when it does not comprehend. Demand no advice from them and reckon with no understanding; but believe in a love that is preserved for you like a heritage, and trust that in this love there is strength and a blessing which you are not bound to leave behind you though you may travel far!"

Maria Rainer Rilke
Everyman's Library Pocket Poets

It is hard to explain something which only the heart understands.

Picture: (public domain)

1 comment:

  1. hmmmm, wise words indeed. Always amazing when someone can put words or rather wisedom into our daily struggles. No matter how small, they can be very relavent.