Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Hospitable Heart

 “We welcome love into our lives
when we come to trust
that the doors of our
hearts are best
left wide

Robyn Lee

Because of its open heart-shaped spathe and tropical look, the Anthurium flower is considered worldwide to be the symbol of hospitality. This shy yet seductive plant says :  ‘Come on in, you’re welcome here.’

source: Bron: BBH

38 responses

  1. A beautiful flower. A moving statement. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone felt that way? Your photo’s, words, and thoughts spread the word though, and that’s a very good thing Robyn. Thank you.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    • Thank you so much Penny. Yes, I do agree it would be wonderful. Most of us are conditioned otherwise, I know… so it’s a hard pattern to establish …but usually with some work, we are pleasantly surprised by this approach. So glad you enjoyed my post~ and have a terrific evening!! ~RL

      July 9, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  2. wow, what a broad-minded flower. A post with a message:) Good night:)

    July 9, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    • nightlake: hee hee ~~ yes this flower whispered these wise words to me when I was scouting around my house trying to find a decide what to photograph today! I thought it made all the sense in the world — Goodnight to you too!! 😉

      July 9, 2012 at 12:52 AM

  3. I think I’ve seen these with a white flower too.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    • Yes Carl – they come in Red, Orange, Pinks and White too!! 🙂 Red is most associated with “hospitality” however!! 🙂 Thanks for your visit tonight!

      July 9, 2012 at 1:14 AM

  4. Robyn these are good words for this post. A thousand miles is a great pleasure to see your message, always surprise us with the simplicity and goodness that someone like you radiate in every message.
    It’s good to know a little more each day.
    Buenas noches querida Amiga¡

    July 9, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    • Thank you my kind friend… you are always a pleasure to host here!! I am very pleased you enjoyed the post and appreciate your sweet words. So nice to learn new words in your language each day as well!! Have a wonderful sleep mi amigo ~

      July 9, 2012 at 1:17 AM

  5. This is so lovely and stunning it doesn’t look real…a magical appeal. The colors rich and such a flawless flavor….I could almost taste this one. Truly, your light shows through the photos. So wonderful. Bravo! 🙂 Sam

    July 9, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    • Thank you dear Sam! Those are wonderful sentiments about my special flower here 🙂 To think this gem of a flower was just minding its own business in my dining room when I honed in on it for a photo shoot. Love when we can turn something unnoticed into an extravaganza like this:) Thrilled you enjoyed ~ xo

      July 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

  6. Your heart is the best.

    July 9, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    • And you must have one of the most open hearts on planet earth dear Julie~ Thank you!! xo

      July 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  7. RL…………..
    seriously your photos are fantastic …..
    blown up to 27″ on my screen – like yesterday with the ocean
    you invite your readers to become – that ocean or flower – like today 🙂
    That is how i see your art .
    an invitation into Your world 🙂
    Much love for a beautiful tranquil week ahead xx

    July 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    • Your comments are always uplifting Cat! Thank you so much. Wow… 27 inches ~ love that you get to have a clear view in great dimension like that!! I do aim to ‘invite’ and am so happy you can feel that. When I learned this flower (Anthurium) symbolizes welcoming and hospitality it seemed perfect as a feature post. It’s vibrant glossy red heart form made it more so…. Very happy you enjoyed ! Thank you for warm wishes ~ and sending love right back to you! xo RL

      July 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

  8. Lovely, Robyn…yes it sometimes takes courage to keep those doors open…thanks for the reminder…and isn’t that also known as a bird of paradise?

    July 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    • Thanks Meryl. Yes — so much courage…. and willingness to experience the inevitable moments of hurt and disappointment. I say it’s still much better a strategy to have open heart though… life is a different place with such 🙂

      Well just did some research… and no – this one is not akin to bird of paradise… (though is known as flamingo flower…) The bird of paradise looks like this… also an exotic bloom ~ http://massano.deviantart.com/art/Blue-Bird-of-Paradise-61270732

      July 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      • Ahhh, yes, I get the two mixed up…thank you 🙂

        July 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  9. I smiled so big reading this Robyn…I simply adore your writing

    July 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    • Thank you!! So happy to hear this from you David. You are too kind – but if I can prompt a smile for you — I’m a happy girl! 🙂

      July 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      • haha:))))))))))))) huge smile it was

        July 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      • 🙂

        July 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

  10. Beautiful thought, Robyn.

    And so happy that you enjoyed my daft ‘Pigeon’ blog.
    The kids do love it, and can get quite spirited!
    But for real mayhem you should see them act out the animals in our books.
    Elephant, giraffe, crocodile and kangaroo are rumbustious but predictable.
    With hippos they are amazingly creative and, astonishingly to me, almost exactly the same across different schools and groups.
    So how would you act out a hippo?

    July 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    • Thanks so much! yes – loved your poems ~ can imagine how responsive the children must be. Acting out a hippo??…. oh boy — need to do my homework there 🙂 😉 We will find the strategy do not fear!! Sending Love ~ RL

      July 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

  11. ~Lady Day

    This is such an apt description of you really…so lovely. inviting so many of us into your world. xo

    July 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    • Aww, so lovely of you to say Lady Day! Yes – by nature I am very much open-hearted… so glad you could sense that here on my blog as well. My world is a bit complex right now, so try not to get overly bogged down with it here…. but working on my next pain-shadow post, and soon enough will give more insight into realities of my world (in as poetic/artistic way as I can)… Much Love Always ~ Robyn Lee

      July 10, 2012 at 2:26 AM

  12. Beautiful words and a inspiring challenge…to leave the door open. Thank you for inspiring me & making me smile today! 🙂

    July 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    • Lunarfeline, Thank you for your insightful comment! Yes – the challenge I know…by adulthood we have learned to guard against so much…but always seems that it’s worth the risk to open the heart up and live fully.

      So happy you enjoyed – and smiled 🙂 ~ much Love

      July 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM

  13. open hearts and open minds and open doors …. they can all help fresh air come in, making each breath even stronger than the one before …. thanks for the wonderful reminder in your own magnificent way Robyn ….:)

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    • Thanks so much Jim. I can use those deep strong breaths — Very glad you enjoyed ~ 🙂 RL

      July 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

  14. victoriaaphotography

    Lovely image and beautiful words to go with it. I only ever see this flower/plant in hot houses or The Conservatory here in Melbourne – it’s a stunner (whatever the colour).

    July 10, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    • Yes – I agree and thanks so much Victoria. We have a houseplant… I think they are grown in the tropics mostly in the wild. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

      July 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

  15. Beautiful, Robyn! The symbolism of the flower “fits” for me . . . I always picture this flower in the huge arrangements in grand hotel lobbies! I guess that is very fitting! Such a lovely poem, your words ring so true as well. Still waiting on that love thing, I’m apparently having a hard time with trusting to leave the door to my heart wide open! 😉

    July 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    • Hey KT… thanks for visiting!! Yes- you know you may be right …and that may be why they are frequently adorning those hotel lobbies! And as for the ‘heart’s doors’ ~ I think you are in good company. Most of us feel that same way, but if we keep the door ajar just a little, and then a bit more open, and more open, hopefully the trust part will get easier for us all. This is the work… for sure 🙂 Sending Love as always, and so glad to hear those fires have settled finally ~RL

      July 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

  16. Another beautiful thought from your radiant heart, Robyn….. this is a tough and often painful process to come to this conclusion, but well worth it in the end. Thank you for this….
    The flower photo is brilliant! 🙂

    July 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

  17. Oh thank yo so much Celeste! Yes I agree – difficult and painful process. Many here have said they have trouble leaving that door open, and I understand, but to me, keeping it closed is denying so much. Thank you for your lovely comment today 🙂 Much Love ~

    July 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

  18. Robert Gregory

    Wow! You do nice poetry! 🙂

    July 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    • Thank you Robert — welcome here. So glad you enjoyed 🙂

      July 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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