Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. (Ranier Maria Rilke, late Austrian poet)

Here’s the real lesson from Rilke in his final comment: “No feeling is final.” His counsel to “just keep going” is worthy advice. No matter the circumstance, we can’t just stop living, we must move on. But the Hallmark movie advice, “Just follow your feelings,” can be dangerous advice. Not only do feelings change; they must be balanced with clear thinking and reason.

Wise people think before they act. (Proverbs 13:16)