A short one today.
As I travel, I’m so very aware that every hour, everything I see, every touch, every step, every person sharing with me, everyone who makes sound, every car going by, every doorway….
….are the most magnificent collection of life on earth.
Whether something brings a moment of joy, laughter, worry, irritation.
Who would we be without our stressful stories, that some incidents and situations should be banished, and others should stick around longer?
Yes, who would we be.
Every morning a new arrival.
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
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.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
translation by Coleman Barks