Friday, November 16, 2012

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.

Rumi captures an awareness of life's possibilities. We think of "arrivals" as negative.  Here he turns them into invitations for growth and delight.

A butterfly must struggle to break from its chrysalis. In this way it develops strong wings and legs. Without this persistence a butterfly's body does not form a complete unit.

Creative Write: Use a metaphor to describe your current challenges. Make a list of three and weave them into a tapestry of perspective, patience and persistence. Make friends with the struggle for strength.

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