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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.

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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.

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The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.img_0132_3-1
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

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