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  • Writer's pictureChristine Powers

Borrowing from Rumi, a good neighbor

This is not mine, but it is one of my favorite poems by the most mystical poet, Rumi. Enjoy, ponder, delight in the deliciousness of each guest, bidden or unbidden.

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 are 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 whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

Art note: Photo by cmarinalbert at Pixabay.

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