Friday, July 28, 2006

This Being Human...

The Guesthouse
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 are 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.
-- Rumi

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