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Life in Play Story

“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, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet, 1903

Four years ago, Rilke’s words changed my life.  I had read them before, but this time they murmured out of the cornfield like Kevin Costner’s phantom voice.

Live the questions

Live the questions?  What about all the answers I’ve been chasing?

Live the questions

And flip went the paradigm holding up my life.

I was a “Why Child”, a question-asker, a seeker from a young age. I banged around in them as freely as I ran through the fields of our farm.  When I got older and moved to New York City, the questions became shields in my army, weapons of defense in the hopeless struggle to ‘get it right’.  The more I tightened my ranks, the farther behind I fell. It was a war without possibility of a winner.

Then the wayward voice, whispering in the grasses, set off a kaleidoscopic shift,  prying open my grip and letting me breathe again.

Live the questions

The Life in Play blog is a place to live the questions, to be curious, a little uncomfortable, and to play; I want to see what will happen when I break myself open to the audaciousness of possibility.  I envision this blog as fuel for co-creativity, where we inspire each other to travel farther and deeper than we could ever go alone.

Questions are like mustangs. Raw and wild, bucking fiercely in the distance. Grab one by its mane and hop on, get tossed around by it, see how you feel sitting on its back.  Journal on it. Meditate with it. Open the door to it each morning for a hundred days and watch where it takes you.  Then wander back to share where you have been.  This is our story to create, our wild mustangs to ride. Live a life in play and one day, “without even noticing it, [you’ll] live your way into the answer.



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  1. Kassie, thank you for creating this space where we are set free to wonder. Why figure it out? – Life consistently asks me and reminds me I don’t have to figure it all out!
    If I really believe in co-creation, then all I have to do is wonder and live the questions, opening a space for things to spring through me spontaneously.
    “What no one has dared to hope for will spring through me spontaneously.”
    -Rainer Maria Rilke

    I look forward to exploring the questions with you!

    February 23, 2012
    • Carrie, always so wise. I love the notion that what we hope for, what we NEED, is already there bubbling up in our own spring. I’m so glad you are here to explore the questions together.

      February 23, 2012

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