Wisdom from The Guest House by Rumi

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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

  • Rumi

After some recent disappointment and embracing all the thoughts and emotions around it, I am definitely feeling the deep wisdom in these words.

Does the poem resonate for you now?  Or perhaps you can see some past event that was “clearing you out” for better things to come?

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