what we most trust

And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Another marvelous quotation that arrived in my inbox at precisely the right moment from Lianne Raymond.

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  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Providentially timeful for me as well! I think that is what the Bible means when it says to embrace trials, as they create what is good in us – they make us the us we were meant to be. This is a hard truth to live and to teach our kids and why it is so important that parents not shield them from all disappointment and pain. Hard to do. Hard to watch.

  2. Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I love Rilke! Thanks Lindsey.