I'm looking forward to this weekend's broadcast of Krista's interview with Brene Brown, and yesterday I thought of you all when I encountered the "unpublished fragment" by Rilke below. I saw it in the Conclusion of the book, "Creativity, from Potential to Realization," by Sternberg, Grigorenko, and Singer.
"As long as you catch what you yourself threw into the air,all is mere skill and petty gain;only when you unexpectedly become the catcher of the ballthat the Goddess, your eternal playmate,threw toward you, toward the center of your beingin a precisely calculated curve, in one of those arcsreminiscent of God building bridges;only then is being able to catch the ball an abilityto be cherished --not yours but a world's. And if youwere you have that strength and courage to return the throw,nay, even more miraculous ... if you had forgotten aboutstrength and courageand had already thrown ... as the yearthrows birds, the migrating flockthat an older warmth flingsacross seas to a younger -- onlythrough your daring is your play genuine.You neither make throwing easier nor harderfor yourself. From your hand issuesthe meteor that races towards its place in the heavens."
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