hold to the difficult . . .

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“And if we could only 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

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Photo credit:

Fable Attraction
W May 2002
Photographer: Carter Smith

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