Monday, 22 October 2012

No vacancies?

Journal page from the heart

I am shamelessly stealing/borrowing this poetry from both Ange and Rumi. Written by the latter, I found it on the former's blog and it sang to me a tune of recognition.

This human being 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.


It has been a busy period in this particular 'guest house' - high season for visiting emotions. Some seem to have set up home, while others flit in and out with no regard for reservation or planning. When the Sorrows come to stay with naughty children Depression and Mope they are usually bent on taking over the place, filling every nook and cranny with their dreary moods. They are not the most profitable of house guests that's for sure as they leech productivity and cast a weariness over all in their path. They play mournful tunes and spend too much time in bed. How am I supposed to change the sheets when they are weighing them down?

Fortunately I do believe they are thinking about leaving. I dropped a few hints - like printing out their invoice and packing their suitcases and they sense a shift in my once subconscious welcoming attitude towards them. You see, I've had an enquiry from Joy and Gratitude. They are desperate for a visit and let's face it, who wouldn't open their doors to these moments of sunshine?


  1. You know what they say about house guests, they're like fish, after a few days begin to stink!! So I say put their toothbrush on the doorstep and tell them it's time to leave!! lol

    All humor aside, hope you find a pick me up soon!! Do something amazingly special for yourself, something out of the ordinary!! That should chase those rascals away!! After all sometimes a change is as good as a rest!! Oh I am in the cliche mood today!!

    Wishing you some creative abundance and loads of laughter this week!!

    Big hugs Giggles

  2. LOVE this post Lisa... the page and the words... I know I was meant to visit... those words were just what I needed today... thank you for sharing...

    Jenny ♥

  3. if they don't leave then you should... you could hop a plane and come and visit some lovely weather!!!!

  4. Your recent artistic expressions are wonderful LISA (not Wendy) :)

    I hope that Joy and Gratitude visit unexpectedly every day and stay way past their welcome. :)

  5. I really love Rumi's poem and your analogy. So clever you are! What a great journal page as well. Love coming here for the intellect and humor~

  6. I read Lisa Graham's comment and giggled....did she call you Wendy, too?!

    But, all giggling aside....take some time out doing things just for you...clearing your head and recharging your inner battery....
    Hopefully those nasty guests won't have anything left to feed on and will go elsewhere!


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