Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Guest House

This being human is the guest house.

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

a 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 guest has been sent

as a guide from beyond

- Rumi

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