i can't say i'm familiar with his whole body of work, but my dad made sure my sisters and i each had our own copy of rainer maria rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. so today i was looking for a rilke quote to share with my niece who is graduating from high school this spring (i was looking for the one about living into the answers in your life) and i stumbled across this one (also by rilke):
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
if you have been reading my blog (thank you for that!) you may have noticed that i haven't posted much lately. i am currently being defeated by my electronic health record. it is tedious, time consuming, tiring and just generally a huge amount of work. it is definitely sapping my creative energy. but, BUT, i will survive, i will ultimately triumph, and i will move on to be defeated by greater things!