The Sufi poet Rumi writes that “being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.”
Emotions greet us each day, and they often come unexpected. We may wake up depressed, but a child’s smile bring us joy and changes our mood. The smell of honeysuckle can wipe away suicidal thoughts, and the opposite is true as well. A gorgeous morning can be ruined by a mean word or an unkind remark.
Rumi suggest we treat each guest with a hearty welcome, suggesting that even the guests from hell may be “clearing you out for some new delight.”
His words are easier said than practiced, but I agree with him when it comes to his ending. He says, “Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”