This is one of Rumi’s most popular poems but to me it’s not popular enough! I chose it because it matches perfectly with the theme of having “87 problems but being free ain’t one!” Just as the Buddha plainly stated yesterday, being awakened and free does not mean having an absence of problems, Rumi comes along to give him a poetic cosign. As if Buddha needs a cosign. But anyway, Enjoy.
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 whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.