The Guest House

This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness

some mementary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if the’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.

                                  Rumi

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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