Live the Questions


I love so many quotes, but this is one of my favorites. It reminds me to stay in the day.

I have it on the wall by my desk as a reminder that worrying and questioning keep me stuck, but believing that answers will come as I live the questions is faith and trust in grace.

As a woman in recovery from alcoholism…

…I want to live in true surrender.

This quote brings me back to that, again and again. I so often forget that God has the answers and that I may not even be ready for them — not ready to understand them or live them.

As trite as it may sound, His timing really is always perfect, even if I want to rush to the answers so much of the time.

This quote also reminds me that I want to feel fully alive, not stuck in worry.

It reminds me to let go.

It reminds me of freedom.

It inspires me to think that I can LIVE the questions themselves, as Rilke says in another part of the quote, to love the questions and treat them like locked doors or a language you haven’t learned yet.

These questions of our hearts are mysteries to be solved simply by living each day with a grateful heart and believing that as we pass the days, we’re always moving closer to answers — bigger and better answers than we could ever imagine.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.” – Rilke


Today’s Quote is shared by:  Heather King.  She writes at The Extraordinary Ordinary and is an editor for Story Bleed Magazine. She is a wife and mother to Miles, Asher and Elsie. Heather is the creator and host of Just Write, a weekly online free writing exercise. In her rare and sporadic moments of time to herself, Heather reads and eats dark chocolate and tweets from @HeatheroftheEO.


  1. says

    I agree, for me this was also the hardest thing to learn is to “stay with your feelings” and “work through them” rather than run away from them.

  2. says

    Heather, thank you for sharing your quote. It resonated with me. I especially appreciated what you wrote — “…feel fully alive, not stuck in worry.” Sometimes it’s in the “messiness” of life that we find life’s greatest gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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