Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond

This poem came to mind today via a friend who quoted one line from it, which I used in the title. It’s a favorite of mine and so I’m sharing it again today.

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 ~

More Rumi:

●  The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition

●  Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters