16 July 2011

Act with Beauty and Courage

Let us not forget the ancient myths at the outset of humanity's journey, the myths about dragons that at the last moment transform into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act just once with beauty and courage. Perhaps every terror is, in its deepest essence, something that needs our recognition or help.

Borgeby gärd, Sweden, August 12, 1904
Letters to a Young Poet

in The Luxembourg Garden

Excerpt taken from: A Year With Rilke, a wonderful blog by Lorenzo and Ruth, in their July 11 post on Transforming Dragons. Check it out. You'll be glad you did.


  1. Rosaria, Haven't you been saying this- about the importance of kindness (and bravery).

  2. Yes. All life really needs is an occasional act of bravery.

  3. Lou, Yes, courage and kindness.

  4. It's so hard to put words to this sort of attitude and approach to life, but you can always recognize it when you see it. I think back in the day, they might call it "class."

  5. Wow, I needed to read that today. Thanks.

  6. Favorite book, I read over so often...

  7. That's just beautiful. Thanks for posting it.
    I loved, loved, LOVED all the photos of Rome!!
    I'm there in my dreams... and through your blog!!

  8. Sally, I like that the blogs we follow often have just what we need to read.

    Andrea, Me too.

    Gabriele, Come. Live your dreams!


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