Life: The Guest House of Joy and Sorrow

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 attend 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. ~ Rumi

Life is a guest house

Human life is a guest house where we encounter distinctive surprising visitors – OPPOTUNITY, DREAM, BEAUTY, CONSCIENCE, COMPASSION, SUCCESS, CHALLENGE, STRUGGLE, TRAGEDY, FAILURE, PAIN and many more. All of them have their significant individualistic roles in integrating various textures, features and colors in the fabric of life. Our interactions and reactions towards their arrival distinguish the diversity in the shades and flavors of our experience – some rekindle the light of conscience, some appear with seemingly vicious force to wash away all our years of happiness, some overwhelms us with contentment of greatest wealth – being in the midst of abundance that rings like little chime bells and some enlighten us to feel the infinite and see the infinitesimal and resourceful details of life. They all put us into a contemplative process that helps us develop our own collective human vision and evolve to fit into a lager definition of human story.

It’s not their advent that makes our life miserable or happy, rather our response towards them that stimulates us to act differently. CHALLENGE and DIFFICULTY empower SUCCESS with glory; PAIN awakens your DESPARATION and evokes CONSCIENCE to accomplish things you’ve only dreamed of and deal with the things around more wisely. FAILURE inserts value to SUCCESS and strengthens our COMMITMENT towards achievement. Welcome, attain and serve them with faith, love and affection and in return they’ll leave behind the treasure of wisdom that dispels your ignorance and directs you to the path of delights, insights and enlightenment.

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