Living the Unknown

On my fridge, there is a magnet with the following quote:

“I beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer…” – Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s there because I constantly need the reminder. When unknowns lurk in my life, I want to bury myself in answers through research, advice, classes, surfing online. It feels like a safety net, a place to hold you when there’s nowhere to grasp.

And yet, to not know is a part of life. It is what makes the world exciting and terrifying at the same time. When there are too many unknowns and not enough faith, anxiety abounds. How do you live through the answers as Rilke says?

To minimize the fear, our bloggers remind us this week that distraction, knowledge, and even laughter can be the antidote.Through reading their posts, you might find peace in knowing that the answers you’re waiting for will come in its own time.

{Etsy print by RawArtLetterpress}

{Etsy print by RawArtLetterpress}

A Day Without a Smartphone: A Short Satire
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – We’ve become so accustomed to our smartphones that we can hardly imagine a day without it. This post envisions it for us. Read it and you might just consider turning it off, if not for the day, for this moment.

Borderline Personality Disorder, Fear Of Abandonment, And Relationships
(Therapy Soup) – Your partner or your manipulative behavior is sabotaging your relationship. What do you do to stop it? A therapist explains what unconscious motivation underlies this behavior and provides advice on what can help.

How Laughter Can Heal Your Heart and Soul
(The Psychology of Success) – What resource do you already have in your toolbox to heal loss, trauma, fear and negativity? Here’s a refreshing post on what we all need more of in our daily lives-laughter.

High Tech Suicide Prevention
(Channel N) – Technology helps with a variety of things. But suicide? Two suicide prevention advocates analyze the internet, social media and even Siri, in their ability to be potentially life-saving.

Marital Communication: The Value of Telling the Truth
(Anger Management) – To understand how communication plays a role in relationships, this post presents a dialogue between wife, husband and counselor. See if you can recognize your own communication style here.