Words to live by from Rumi

I read this poem by the Persian poet Rumi and liked it so much that I had to share it with you. At times less is more and I will not spoil the effect by commentary –

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.

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