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 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.

– Rumi

One thought on “The Guest House

  1. Lay out the welcome mat and invite them in as Gary Mahler would say. I don’t know why you’re here, but come sit, stay a while. Reminds me of one of my favorite Rumi quotes: “if you are annoyed by every tiny rub, then how are you to be polished?”

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