Sunday, November 6, 2011

Soul Food #114

Another lovely insert from my special envelope~

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 its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
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 a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~


  1. Hi Monique,
    Thanks for posting these words of wisdom. They especially touch my heart, on a personal level today. We all need that special reminder sometimes, to understand it all!
    Have a wonderful week.

  2. have no idea how some of your posts..has illuminated my day.. ..your posts always make me a good way~

  3. Those are such poignant words! I think I know where that photo is from ;)

  4. Monique, thank you for the soulful words, all of us can benefit from looking at challenges from a different perspective... one that gives us the strength and the right attitude to take life at its horns...

  5. that evenlope was made for you :) and that sunset for us all~

  6. Thank you Monique...I need your soul food especially today...and that sunset!
    Love shel xx

  7. What a beautiful poem Monique. I love your soul food posts. I love the foodie posts too, but your soul food posts touch my heart in a special way. xxoo

  8. Your Guest houe this morning really touched my heart. Always a delight to read your Soul Food. Merci.

  9. Thank you for both the "soul food" and the beautiful photo. They have touched and warmed my heart.


  10. Have a lovely day everyone..~Thank you.

  11. May joy fill your life here on earth, dear friend.

    However, if shame and malice come knocking, let me know. And I'll put them in a headlock for two hours.

  12. Beautiful, Monique. Your "Soul Food" posts always feed my soul. ~ Sarah

  13. Merci ma chère Nana pour ce délicieux message...
    Gros gros bisous à vous... je vous souhaite une agréable journée.

  14. Tears in my eyes today on this one! Some "visitors" are just hard, but I am trying! Lots of love!

  15. What a gracious peek into your envelope..

  16. Again..have a wonderful day on this Tuesday~

  17. This truly is soul food, Monique. Life can be so difficult to face at times. A day at a time is all we can do.
    Your envelope is filled with gems.

  18. The photo is as beautiful as your post is thought provoking. Thank you for sharing both.

  19. What lovely, powerful words. Thank you for sharing. :)

  20. This is nice to read this first thing in the morning with my coffee.

  21. This is by far, one of the most beautiful post I have ever read! I just love this so much!:)
    How meaningful, and yes it's true, we should always count our blessings! Everything happens for a reason, and a blessing which we may not be able to see :D
    I thank God each day for the blessings which I can and cannot see ;)

    Have a beautiful and blessed day yourself, my dear :)

  22. I am glad you enjoyed this story...and appreciate your thoughts and comments very much.

  23. Meaningful words...thoughts.
    I truly believe that there is a reason for everything and that we learn something from each "happening"...

  24. Insightful, inspiring words and good advice. Thank you for sharing. ((hugs))

    P.S. Gorgeous photo, too.