Be Alone

. Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain
it causes you. for those who are near you are far away, you write, and this shows
that the space around you is beginning to grow vast. And if what is near you is far
away, then your vastness is already among the stars and is very great; be happy
about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be
gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and
don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or
joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true
feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have
to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life
in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing
old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust. Avoid providing material for
the drama that is always stretched tight between parents and children; it uses up
much of the children’s strength and wastes the love of the elders, which acts and
warms even if it doesn’t comprehend. Don’t ask for any advice from them and
don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for
you like and inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a
blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step
outside it

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