“The Walk”

My eyes already touch the sunny hill,

going far ahead of the road I have begun.

So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;

it has its inner light, even from a distance –


and changes us, even if we do not reach it,

into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are;

a gesture waves us on, answering our own wave …

but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1924)


You do not live in a world of chaos.  Each of us orders our world according to how we perceive it. As Vadim Zeland said:  “The world is a mirror of your attitude towards it.”

Your attitude towards the events you encounter make them good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate.  It is your judgement that colours them blue or red or yellow.  If you wish to change the world, start with an analysis of your judgements because what is right or wrong for you depends on what you inherited, were taught, lived through, and accepted as how the world is.  So, going full circle; if you want the world to bring you happiness, wealth and contentment, then change yourself.


You are deeply affected by your desires and intent.  If you cannot see yourself achieving this or that or just cannot see yourself having what you want, then you probably will attain only the measure that you feel is achievable.  What Rilke may be pointing out is that our dreams are attainable; our waves of desire are answered but we do not realize them, we feel only the wind in our faces.