Innovating Through Artistry

The Guest House

In Creative Support, Emotional Intelligence on January 23, 2008 at 3:35 am

If you are unfamiliar with this poem, The Guest House, it is a wonderful expression of the value of self acceptance: You are worthy just as you are, and all of your emotions are necessary to create the future that is waiting for you.

So let each come in through the front door and embrace each one like you would a cherished guest in your home. By doing so, they will honor and shape you.

THE GUEST HOUSE Jelaluddin Balkhi Rumi (1207- 1248)

The human being is a guest house
Every morning there is 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
and empty it from 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.

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