The Guest House

The Guest House by Rumi

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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.

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