In the poem, The Guest House, Rumi is using the metaphor of a guest house to form an image that each day is an opportunity to experience something new in our lives, even if it’s unexpected.
And just like the house guest(s) that are in our home causing us to adjust our daily routine to accommodate their needs, we’re reminded we should greet them with warmth and humility. If there’s a feeling of discomfort, we’re asked to question it without fear or judgment.
Every human experience is valuable and the “house guest” that arrived in our life, is here to guide and teach us what we are here to learn.
The Guest House ~ 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.