By Angela Connelly

In my last entry I promised to share some words that inspired a friend.  This poem that I read in an Oprah magazine years ago, reminds us that loss can bring new opportunity.  It is a poem I like to read from time to time, and that I share with people going through a life challenge.

This being human is a guest house,
every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as a unique visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
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.

This makes me think of the people whose lives have been torn apart by the recent tornadoes, and the people in Japan recovering from the earthquake. I hope for them that they encounter some new delight by having gone through these terrible events.  The good news for today is that good things can come from rubble (even if it takes a while to realize it).


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