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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’re a crowd of sorrows,⁣

who violently sweep your house⁣

empty of its furniture,⁣

still, treat each guest honourably.⁣

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.⁣

~ The Guest House by Jalaluddin Rumi⁣


Feeling very tired tonight. Tears are flowing. Heart is heavy. But it's good. It's good that it aches. ⁣

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