Sunday, April 26, 2009

Written in the 15th Century!

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 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.

--Rumi

9 comments:

dla said...

I love that!!

Especially appropriate at this time for many of my friends who are experiencing great personal challenges, so I will share this gem with them.

Thank you for the wake up call. Your timing is always flawless!

(( hugs ))

Natalie said...

Thank you. I needed to hear that right now.xx

nollyposh said...

One of my fav's tOO X:-)

sweetmango said...

Dont u just adore Rumi!! Love it, thank you for allowing me to re-read a favourite on a cold wintery Australia night.
xxxmango

lynette said...

I really love this.

meb said...

One last before April is passed. And it sort of fits in with Rumi...

A Time to Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am,
What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

Robert Frost

sizzie said...

Thank you Sydney, these are good words and direction. Not to ask for calamity but to meet it on our own terms, knowing it will bring wisdom or experience, or something we need to learn. And that somedays when we open the door, joy waits for us.

jinksy said...

Intriguing...

Laurie said...

I like this and I like the Frost poem Marge left, too. Thanks!