Nothing is Black or White

March 23rd, 2011

Photo by Nelson

Vintage 60’s white leather jacket with gold closures, vintage gold earrings, and vintage black/white leather gloves-estate sales; patent leather/suede newsboy cap-Nordstrom Rack; patent leather ankle boots-yard sale; black ruched jeans-Gabriela Designs.

The Style Crone has been grappling with conflicting thoughts and emotions.  It seems as though I can firmly make a decision and 10 hours later I consider the polar opposite.  Perhaps opposites are comprised of similar elements and right now most issues are gray or plaid.  As I was pondering this internal confusion, my yoga teacher of the day began class by reading a quote by Rumi, and as so often happens, if I keep my eyes and ears open, comfort appears within view.

From  The Illuminated Rumi – 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 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 whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

20 Responses to “Nothing is Black or White”

  1. Brandee

    Seriously insightful words~ and a fantastic outfit as always:D

  2. Jean

    As you document your journey, you serve as a guide for those of us fortunate enough to have found you, reminding us of what we already know and bolstering our courage to face our own sacred paths.

    In this post, I am especially drawn to the gloves, the yin/yang of them exquisitely pulling all the rest together. And as always, Nelson has captured this moment in all it’s poignance.

  3. SizzleandZoom

    I love this quote! I have never read it before. What a comfort it was to read it. Thank-you
    so much for sharing it with us. There isn’t anything you can’t wear and look
    gorgeous in it.

  4. Sacramento

    Absolutely true, although we forget that everything in our life serves a purpose.
    Sending you much love .

  5. Pam@over50feeling40

    When Elizabeth Taylor passed yesterday, another classic beauty was lost…thank goodness so many of us have you, a classic beauty, to share life with every day. It is so understandable that you would be grappling with decisions. But, you are here for a purpose and I think part of that purpose is found on this blog.

  6. puncturedbicycle

    You look great as usual, and as usual, I’m awed by your resourcefulness.

  7. Willa

    I too am confronting change in my life. Finding the reading included in your post was an unexpected gift that gave me just what I need to reflect on for this day. I always find inspiration in your style. Today, however, you also provided a thoughtful reminder that every experience should be met frankly and lived fully. — Best wishes to you and Nelson for living this day fully!

  8. WendyB

    Those gloves! I love ’em.

  9. Vix

    Your elegance takes my breath away. xxx

  10. Barbara Angele

    Absolutely beautiful…….one I have not heard before. Thank you for sharing with your readers.

  11. Rosy

    You are my inspiration, I found you yesterday and I could not stop looking at your blog until several hours later, I love your look, but I love (more intensely) your way of seeing life.

  12. Bella Q

    I loved reading this poem, and subsequently swiped it and posted it on my facebook page. I linked to you, and am glad these words offer comfort. They really resonate with me right now, too.

    You look so beautiful dear Judith, and that ’60’s coat is so classic, and surprisingly according to the latest runway shows, very “in.” I love how you make everything look “in,” while you look within. Maybe that’s the secret to true beauty. The inner quality that shines and shows outward. xo. -Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

  13. carolyn

    what did Rumi wear? You make us want to read what he has to say, I wonder about his fashion sense?

  14. Paula

    Love that poem. How surendipitous. I am everyday in awe of your courage, grace and beauty.
    And love those gloves!

  15. LindaG

    Without words tonight, but thinking of you as I do each day. Thank you for the poem.

  16. Terri

    What a lovely visit from the spirit you had. I like so much of what Rumi writes. Do you have a volume of his poems?

  17. Judi

    Thank you. That is exactly what I needed to hear right now. Ah.

  18. Camille

    Thank you for these words momma

  19. deja pseu

    That’s a beautiful poem, and so true.

  20. Judith Boyd

    Terri, I don’t have a volume of Rumi’s poems, but I know that I will at some point in the future!

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