The Guest House – Rumi


One of the Silver Linings that came out of my experience with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers) was a newfound love of poetry. Prior to FBC, my mind never had the patience (or the confidence!) to read poetry. Basically, I didn’t get it. Or I didn’t think that I got it. Or I didn’t want to get it. However, after having been slooooooowed down in a big way, I developed an affinity, appreciation and…yes…love of poetry.

One of my favorite poets is Rumi. He knocks my socks off — every single time. His poems feel so accessible and insightful. His words always seem to touch something very deep in me.

Recently, I came across the poem The Guest House and

Ding! Ding! Ding!

…went the doorbell to my own “Guest House.” It made me realize that I’ve been feeling a whole lot of these emotions lately.  I think it’s my brain’s way of cashing in its I.O.U. and telling me that it’s time to process the feelings that I — truthfully — haven’t yet addressed (but have managed to skillfully avoid).

So, I find myself “inviting” them all in (G.U.L.P.)….and seeing the Silver Lining in what they each will bring.

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  1. E.B. says

    Love this poem, it goes right to one's heart doesn't it? Rumi is pretty darn amazing. We process feelings, emotions, events in due time and when we are ready to. You are always an inspiration and, dare I say it again? A MAJOR Silver Lining in many, many lives!

  2. says

    Hollye, you just may have turned me on to Rumi, a poet I have not read. I like his metaphor of thoughts and emotions entering his "guest house" or mind. He says to entertain them all and to be grateful for each as all have a purpose in your life.

    I love poetry; it is a concise little gem of expression by the poet. Thanks for sharing.