Being Human


Quick post today. It’s been a long day for me as I picked up my son at college. He finished up his freshman year.  I seriously cannot believe it. The year went by so fast. This, in itself, is another whole blog post. But, I wanted to keep up on my poem a day. This one tells us a great way to live life. Let every day be a fresh start. Let every emotion make you better, stronger, wiser. No matter how bad or difficult. Being able to feel is part of being human—good and bad.


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 are 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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks


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