Friday, January 4, 2008


"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!
treat each guest honorably.

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."

The Guest House
(translated by Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi)