The Guest House by Rumi

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.

– Mevlana Rumi

Thanks to JanAsker for reminding me of this excellent poem by Rumi! A great reminder that no matter what life throws at you, be ready to meet it and realize that you will be a better person for having gone through the experience.

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4 Responses to The Guest House by Rumi

  1. hichamislam says:

    من يتق الرب يجعل له مخرجا سعادة في الدنيا قبل للاخرة

  2. Maxim Sense says:

    Very true. Be ready to welcome all kinds of guests in ‘your house’ but you must know how to deal with each one of them. They are not there to destroy you but to make you a better person. Be accommodating, and Allah (subhanahu wa taala) knows what’s in your heart and mind. Indeed, He is mighty, omnipotent and merciful.

    Beautiful poem sister.

  3. younglee1 says:

    Beautiful words put together amazingly
    They really brightened my day!

  4. Liz Carmack says:

    my sister in law sent me this beautiful poem today for my birthday. Could not be more timely.

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