"Do not scrutinize yourself too closely. Do not draw conclusions too quickly from that which is happening to you. Just allow it to happen. Otherwise you might easily begin to look with blame upon your past, which, of course, is very much a part of everything that you encounter now."
"The expending of effort seems so important to you only because you value victory too much. It is not the "great thing" that you believe to have achieved, even though you have a right to your feelings. The great thing is that there was something already present - something true and real."
Feliz Cumpleanos a ti, Juliet
Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet. Translated by Joan M. Burnham. (c) 2000.