Today’s newsletter is about having patience with ambivalence long enough for it to be fruitful:
We should seek out art which brings us mixed feelings, and use our mixed feelings in our own work…. Mixed feelings can be confusing, but they can also be our richest, most complex feelings. Mixed feelings are a deep well to dip into — but you’ve got to have a bucket with a long rope, and it takes a lot of time and strength to lower it down and pull it back up.
After I sent it out, Alan Jacobs reminded me of this bit from Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet:
I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Which led me to a morning of reading Carl Jung:
“All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble. They must be so, for they express the necessary polarity inherent in every self-regulating system. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.”
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