Rumi Moment of the Week — Meet Me At The Door Laughing

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.


- door hand - Karen Scherzer



The Guesthouse

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.


3 comments on “Rumi Moment of the Week — Meet Me At The Door Laughing

  1. […] blogger at BeBeautifulandDance for letting me share the above poem. His original post is here, Rumi Moment of the Week — Meet Me At The Door Laughing by kenajos. Stop by and give him a LIKE if you […]

  2. janetkwest says:

    I may have to borrow this one. I love Rumi’s work. His whole outlook on life put things in perspective. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog. Glad you did.

Comments are closed.