Recently, I looked at my life through the lens of this Rilke quote and my heart recognized that every person, event, pain, disappointment, and fear was asking for my:
- compassion instead of judgment
- acceptance instead of resistance
This doesn’t mean that I was supposed to be a doormat or that I shouldn’t fight with passion for what I believed. But, if the dragon was cancer, death, betrayal, loneliness, failure, or something worse, the first step was always to completely see it, embrace it, and honor its advent. Only then would I be ready for the fight.
This is true nobility and true grace.