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ah, we compute the years and divide them here and there and stop and begin and hesitate between both. but how of one piece is everything we encounter, how related one thing is to the next, how it gives birth to itself and grows up and is educated in its own nature, and all we basically have to do is be, but simply, earnestly, the way the earth simply is, and gives her consent to the seasons, bright and dark and whole in space, not asking to rest upon anything other than the net of influences and forced in which the stars feel secure.

rainer marie rilke