Thursday, July 24, 2014

lovely beyond belief

The Guest House

by Rumi

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 are 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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

“There is nothing you can do except try to write it the way that it was. So you must write each day better than you possibly can and use the sorrow that you have now to make you know how the early sorrow came. And you must always remember the things you believed because if you know them they will be there in the writing and you won’t betray them. The writing is the only progress you make.” 

- Ernest Hemingway

“You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it. Doesn’t it sound lovely beyond belief?”

- Ernest Hemingway

"If you are falling….dive.”

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

― Joseph Campbell

And how about a little advice from Franz Kafka:

“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

"Don't edit your soul," is really some of the best advice a writer can receive.

Maybe it's good advice for anyone.

A quiet day ahead for me, some writing, some grocery shopping, on the agenda. Some sitting out in the backyard with my notebook. Much needed.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend, some quiet time, and some time to follow those obsessions....


  1. "Don't edit your soul", yes, I think that is good advice for anyone :) Also, I couldn't help but notice your lovely blanket. It looks perfectly airy and cosy, maybe a touch of mohair? Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead, Shawna! xo

    1. What a good eye you have! Yes, there's a touch of mohair. A cozy throw. :) xo


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