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 honrably,
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thoughts, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invited them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
-Merlana Jelal-uddin Rumi