Posts Tagged with ‘Rilke’

Sunday Best – December 29, 2018

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.  **       – R.M. Rilke (paraphrased)   Here we stand, on the edge of the new. Do you feel a little tippy, ready to plunge in? This year I am taking counsel from Pádraig Ó Tuama, whose wonderful In […]

Sunday Best – November 5, 2017

Rise up rooted. I’ve written before about this powerful phrase from Rilke, and had the chance to share it with some dear friends from Wellesley this week. If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, We could rise up rooted, like trees. We often think of rising and recovery as gravity-defying: bouncing back, or leaping forward. What […]

Sunday Best – February 19, 2017

Good morning, Honeybees! Sometimes our Sunday Best requires little commentary – such is the case this week. I would only add, perhaps this poem should come before our Valéry reading from earlier this month!  Roots, then wings. How surely gravity’s law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls […]

Sunday Best – January 1, 2016

Hello dear Honeybees and happy new year! With the idea that our own TIME is the most precious investment of all, here we repost a Honeybee classic, the New Year’s Flip. NEW YEAR’S INVESTING: WHITE SPACE Like many people, my year end used to be shadowed by “should’ves”. I would reflect on resolutions from years past, […]

Sunday Best – November 6, 2016

Unintentionally, our last two posts were “faith” and “hope”.  This seems to leave no choice but for today to be “love”. Yes, I have rolled my eyes at cheesy valentines, cringed at the still-standard question, “and what does your husband do?”, and too often confused warm-heartedness with soft-headedness. But as the world has gotten louder, and […]

Sunday Best – August 28, 2106

I live my life in widening circles… This is one of my favorite Rilke poems, and the translation by Joanna Macy is especially wonderful: I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I circle around God, around […]

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