For the Challenges of Our Lives: “The Guest House” by Rumi

Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends: Greet Everyone at the Door

When relationships, projects, plans, or dreams don’t go as you had hoped, remember the wise words of 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, Rumi:

“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 cleaning you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the 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 Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

(http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/Rumipoetry2.html)

Welcome all that come to your door.

Welcome all that come to your door.

Wishing we all grow in wisdom and love as we meet the challenges of our lives.

Aloha, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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