Life Advice



Setting Boundaries With Loved Ones Around the Holidays

Annie Lane on

Dear Readers: As we prepare for another holiday season, all kinds of emotions and feelings rise to the surface for all of us -- some of joy and excitement and some of disappointment or sadness. This is one of my favorite poems when it comes to feelings. I hope you enjoy it.

"The Guest House" by Rumi

"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


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