Sunday, August 9, 2009

bounty inspector

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all !
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of it's furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as guide from beyond.

Rumi 13th century poet*

Bubbles & scent • soft boiled eggs with butter and a toasted english muffin • an afternoon spent at the little gift & home decor store • two scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone • the smell of salt air and the sound of gulls • the healing power of kitten kisses • a tidy and organized desk • two walks along the ocean with my best girl Miss D • piles of fresh vegetables, gifts from friends with gardens • banana yogurt smoothies • a tireless best friend who always holds me up when it feels like I'm sinking • lots of work at the teak topped desk • the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze • a visit with our friends Deb and Maggie Sue (the golden retriever) • hot steaming face clothes • hopes & big dreams

*From this current bedside book


  1. I love that poem, Susan! And your beautiful photos always calm me. What a lovely way to start the day. :)

  2. I see the wonderful chocolate espresso floors are a wonderful canvas for pretty things. Gotta love that.

    Did everything pass inspection?

  3. Man! oh Man!!!! Those beautiful red tomatoes make my mouth water! Lovely photos....the floors ROCK!!!
    Great poem....thank you for sharing...I bought this book for my husband..he is slowly making his way through it.

  4. Hi Vicki, I've borrowed this book from the library but I have decided to buy it - I think it's fantastic and it giving me lots of hope. xo from les Gang

  5. What a nice poem and beautiful pictures
    Benny & Lily

  6. Lovely, lovely day.

    Did you finish Case Histories? I am in the middle of One Good Turn and loving it. These are apparently part of a trilogy, because Jackson Brodie is in this one too!


  7. Susan, again you have touched me with your selection (Rumi),your personal sharing, and your photography. I love the bounty...a still life...caught in such warm tones. You also inspire me to straighten out my life...get busy and order things so I can see simple beauty. <3

  8. Everything described here sounds incredible.

  9. I hope you don't mind but I mentioned this post in my morning ramblings. You write with a wonderful sensitivity.

  10. "The smell of salt air and the sound of gulls...
    The healing power of kitten kisses..."
    These are a poem in themselves. They are indeed beautiful things.

  11. Those pictures are WONDERFUL!
    I would love to read that book, sounds like it could be useful for just about anybody. We all have dips and lows,and having a wee guidebook to help us sort through would be most helpful.

  12. That book sounds fantastic. I am adding it to my list. How often and easily we forget how happy these little things in our day can make us!


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