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.

This beautiful poem by Rumi1 is a reminder not to resist negative thoughts and difficult emotions passing through your mind.

The more you resist them, the more you’ll suffer.

So, when seemingly unwelcome guests arrive at your doorstep, take a deep breath, smile, and let them inside.

If you let them stay, they will eventually depart.

And, who knows, they might leave you stronger, wiser, and happier than you were before their visit.


  1. Rumi

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