Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Guest House / Happy Office Orchestra

Especially for my much appreciated friend Anthony, who loves this poem…

The Guest House
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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
Poem from


And here’s a video I enjoyed:
The Happy Office Orchestra
Back in the days when I had a “real” job, I wish I’d worked in an office like this!

Out of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.

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