Advent Quote: “This being human” by Rumi

I thought it would be appropriate to offer a reflective piece of poetry as this especially tempestuous year ends: we need all the wisdom we can receive, especially in relation to the dark thoughts, the shame and the malice from which no person is immune – could we but take responsibility for those shadow qualities in ourselves as individuals and nations, refraining from projecting them onto others, the world would probably be less fractured than it is….

“This being human” is by far the most popular and most often read of all the quotes I have posted on my blog in the last few years. Here it is once more. It holds so much wisdom.

” This being human “

The poet Rumi
The poet Rumi

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 honourably,
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.

from the Persian poet Rumi


14 thoughts on “Advent Quote: “This being human” by Rumi

    1. Many thanks for dropping by, Ghislaine. Yes, it is a wonderfully deep poem – I have found it centring and settling during times of difficulty, and it is good to see so many other people reading it today too!

    1. Yes, do share. This is a poem which has helped me in dark times, and I know from how often it is read on the blog that it helps other people too. What a wonderful poet Rumi is! If you haven’t read anything else of his work, do look him up….
      Many thanks for dropping by! Your life sounds very lively and full….enjoy the rest of Advent.

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