From the book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield, page xi:
“To bow to the fact of our life’s sorrows and betrayals is to accept them; and from this deep gesture we discover that all life is workable. As we learn to bow, we discover that the heart holds more freedom and compassion than we could imagine. The Persian poet Rumi speaks of it this way:
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, she 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.”