Being Human

brenda pic for mailIt amazes me that all through time we humans continue to share similar feelings of joy and sadness.  The poem below was written in the 13th century by Persian poet Rumi.  What a blessing that  people have expressed themselves in this fashion throughout the ages so that I can continually remember I am not a ‘special case’; and what great advise delivered in so beautiful a manner.

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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. -Rumi