Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Being Human is a Guest House

Toolik lake

{"Toolik Lake, Alaska" photo taken by my brother, Patrick Tobin on Flickr}

"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 it's 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 whoever comes, 
because each has been sent as a guide
from beyond."

Tonight, I am reminded that all my perceived "problems" are really just gateways to solutions, stepping stones not stumbling blocks. I am reminded that everything coming my way is meant to help me more fully recognize who I really am and who I am meant to be.



Liberty said...

thank you for sharing this today.
it gave me tingles. :-)

Kristin said...

I love this, Eliza!

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

@Liberty the poem game me the tingles when I first read it too!

@Kristin Thanks Kristin!


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