Dunga Brook Diary

The rural life through the lens of an iPhone and notes from the field…

An iphoto from last summer a snifter of Rilke before bed…

An iphoto from last summer a snifter of Rilke before bed...

“…. it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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  Vicki Whicker@DungaBrookDiary wrote @

As in everything, what seems easy can turn difficult and vice versa. 2 years into a solo journey the ease of solitude has taken a turn into the difficult. Therefore, Rilke resonates, deeply. This difficult space is not to be endured but to be appreciated for what will come of it and for a deeper understanding of the beauty of the ease of it, once more.

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  life of the hand – life of the mind wrote @

actually, solitude can be quite easy. what is difficult is what emerson suggested: to be ourselves in a crowd.

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