“We are unutterably alone essentially, especially in the things most intimate and most important”- Rainer Maria Rilke. I came across the quote above about a decade ago. I was a teenager learning about poetry, as I read Letters to a young poet. It struck me at the time that Rilke felt that we were all alone in our struggles, and triumphs, I had initially thought I felt that way because I was a teenager that felt alone and misunderstood. However, as I have grown older and observed those who are wiser, I have to agree that each and everyone of us is alone and it is a fact we need to acknowledge early on in life
Do not misunderstand this to mean that others are not able to help alleviate our suffering or celebrate with us when we do, but their involvement is only to partake in our experience; it is not to own it. I recently commenced an in-depth study of Jesus and His life as told in the Gosples, and three things I realised were these; He always returned to the solitude, friends and family were no help and He died alone.We are unutterably alone essentially, especially in the things most intimate and most important- Rainer Maria Rilke Click To Tweet
The solitude, I have always appreciated the quiet and silence of an empty house. The time spent sitting in a quiet room knitting or reading; the times I am one with myself. Allowing my mind soul and body to become re-acqauinted with each other. Do not misunderstand solitude as time to languish, but appreciate it as time to acknowledge the presence and the importance of yourself. Who are you? Do you know who you are ? If I was to remove the voices, the friends and the external things you cling to, would you recognise yourself? Do you like and admire yourself devoid of everything else?
“A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” Mark 6:4
Family and friends are just that, they are not the definition of who you are. Jesus was speaking in the verse above, informing people that family will not always be around to support you. They may not always be the ones having your best interests at heart. So what happens then, who do you turn to for approval? Do you look within yourself for the courage and encouragement you need? Or do you look outwardly for others to validate you?
You will die alone, this is reagrding the physical aspect of death, but the act of your soul leaving your body. Leaving your flesh behind here to turn to dust. When your soul begins its journey home, would you be along for the ride? Would you recognise your own soul? It is funny, Jesus had so many friends, some like Peter swore to be with Him even unto death. Yet, when the time came for Peter to partake in the suffering, he chose his own life and wellbeing. Luke 22:54-62. You need to pursue your purpose and realise your dreams, independent of the opinions and actions of others. We all need to become acquainted with who we really are, so we are able to achieve our life’s purpose. When God asks you to give account of you life, He will ask you alone and no one else.pursue your purpose and realise your dreams, independent of the opinions and actions of others Click To Tweet
Until next time! Remember, learn to love and cherish yourself.