(chosen by David for Monday 6th April)

Everything that happens to us can be embraced, lived within, and built upon. Not that everything is easy or happy: there can be plenty of pain. But it is possible to meet challenge and opportunity with full engagement and focused presence.

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 are 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.

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