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The Guest House

I submitted my dissertation draft to my committee chair and have time to blog. I hope I will be able to continue on a more regular basis.

I have many favorite poets and poems. Rumi and this poem are examples. When one engages in a creative process, emotions well up and being human is a guest house for them. Each day brings something new and mixes emotions together.

Creativity is a conversational journey with one’s self as we turn inward to interpret and express what is meaningful to our self. It is in the creative process we allow some glimpse of who we are for others and the world to see.

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.



About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who recently completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. My dissertation topic and research was how teachers experience becoming who they are as teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

32 responses »

  1. Welcome back! I hope all goes well with your dissertation. “Each day brings something new” – that’s worth remembering.

  2. I’ve always loved this one too! I pray for great success for you with your dissertation, Ivon. πŸ™‚ ❀

  3. I’m so glad you’re back πŸ™‚ Good luck with the dissertation! That last stanza in particular is beautiful ❀

  4. Ahhh, so THAT’s where you’ve been! πŸ˜‰ xoM

  5. Everyone appears in our life for a reason so I enjoy each and every one I meet.

  6. Lovely to see you, Ivon. Love this poem, and it’s messages, on many levels, ring true.

  7. Good to see you again, Ivon!(*β€™βˆ€β€™δΊΊοΌ‰

  8. Always good. So glad you’re back.

  9. Good to see you back! I wish you the all the best with your dissertation! The poem is terrific.

  10. Great to have you back! One of my favourites too! Well done on getting that dissertation draft done πŸ™‚ Respect.

  11. wishing you a passing grade
    and happiness
    whatever happens πŸ™‚

  12. Nice to see you again. πŸ™‚

  13. Great to see you back, Ivon! And congrats on the submission. Rumi is one of my favorites too, as you may remember πŸ™‚

  14. Best wishes with your dissertation, Ivon. Love those wise words.

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