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.

Jalaluddin Rumi

2 Comments leave a comment below

  1. thank you so much for including these insightful and inspiring quotes I don’t recall how I discovered you but I’m so happy I did. Thank you!

  2. Don’t know if you’ve ever seen the independent film _Perfect Days_, but if you appreciate that quote then you will feel the same about this film. It’s currently streamable on Hulu, which is where I saw it, and available for digital purchase elsewhere. It’s beautiful.