#3. Acceptance

If every rub irritates you, how could you be polished to shine?

We cannot ease our pain if we keep confronting it, if we reject the pain, if we do not fully accept it as our best friend that grows our greatness.

A friend who can’t be named (December, 2011)

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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 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.

– Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
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I’m embracing reality; with the bitter-plain-sweet-sour-and-any-other-taste that spices it up!

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