“Every morning a new arrival.” Such is being human, Rumi says. Being embodied, enfleshed, subject to sickness and euphoria, to pain and ecstasy. It is always only from our flesh that we move and work to be better neighbors, lovers, and friends.
The Guest House
By Jalaluddin 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.