To live the questions is to continually seek to expand the boundaries of your life, to push the edges of the envelope of what you think is possible for you to do, to be. If you do not go too far, how do you know how far you can go? If you do not fail occasionally, you are living too narrowly, too safely, too far below your capabilities. Not every shot falls neatly into the basket, not every swing of the bat connects; a full life requires we take chances, swing at pitches, shoot for the hoop.
What questions, what dreams do you have that you can take steps toward answering, living? What new questions could lie beyond your current questions? To live the questions is to live in possibility.
What are you waiting for? What can you do today, right now, to live your personal questions?
Excuse me, your life is waiting!
“…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language…. 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, “Letters to a Young Poet”
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President (1901–1909); excerpt from speech “Citizenship In a Republic,” delivered Sorbonne, Paris, France