Ask the Best Questions and then Live Them

Ask the Best Questions and then Live Them

Live into the answers, Rainier Maria Rilke quote

Consider and blend these two quotes:


“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 a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way to the answer.”

by Rainier Maria Rilke, in Letters to a Young Poet


“The questions you ask yourself will largely determine the answers you get.

  • Why am I not successful? You’ll get answers that berate you.
  • How can I succeed here? You’ll get answers that push you.

Be deliberate in the questions you ask yourself.”

by Julie Gurner, executive performance coach


Seek Truth, but ask empowering questions. Sometimes we are asking the wrong question, and it would be far more helpful to ask an improved one. Sometimes we need to be patient with a perfectly good question, until understanding dawns. Be deliberate and careful with the questions you ask, and then cherish them deeply, until they resolve clearly into blessings in your life.



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  1. Sheryl Burkhalter 5 months ago

    Lovely and empowering.
    Thank you.

  2. Lisa Avery 5 months ago

    Polly, this is extremely helpful. As you have illustrated, sometimes we are asking the wrong questions that will lead us in the wrong path. Thank you for this enlightenment.

  3. Liz 5 months ago

    Words to live by! ❤️🥰❤️

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