Loving the Expanse

Karen at Cheerio Road has a neat post today about the Zen bookshelf. She mentions Rainer Maria Rilke’s book, Letters to a Young Poet. I haven’t read it entirely, but two of the readings at my wedding were from it. They captured what Husband and I discerned is the essence of marriage and what we commit to.

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as whole and before an immense sky. …To love is also good, for love is difficult. For one human being to love another is perhaps the most difficult task of all, the epitome, the ultimate test. It is that striving for which all other striving is merely preparation.

Love is a high inducement for individuals to ripen, to strive to mature in the inner self, to manifest maturity in the outer world, to become that manifestation for the sake of another. And this more human love will be consummated, endlessly considerate and gentle, good and clear in its bonding and releasing; it shall resemble that love for which we must prepare painstakingly and with fervor, which will be comprised of two solitudes protecting and touching and greeting each other.

–Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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One Comment on “Loving the Expanse”

  1. Mouse Says:

    Thank you for this
    I am 51 years old and trying to understand love and relationships and how to avoid the mistakes of the past…