The Guest House

Alot of things happen in our lives and we can all end up getting depressed by some of them.

What about treating everything that is sent to us – even the dreadful stuff – as an opportunity – a thing that is sent to us to help us grow?

If we can see the bad stuff in this way we start to see a positive side in even the most negative things.

How much control do we have over external events anyway?

What we can always control is our attitude.

Nothing reminds me of this approach better than this great poem from the Poetic King of Persia.

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’re 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

Jellaludin Rumi – Sufi Poet (1207-1273)

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