For Today –
Actually, he may be helping you more than you are helping him.
-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 94

But here was someone who did understand, or at least could. This stranger 
from New York didn’t ask questions and didn’t preach; he offered no “you 
must’s” or even “let us’s.” He had simply told the dreary but fascinating facts 
about himself, about his own drinking. And now, as Wilson moved to stand up 
to end the conversation, he was actually thanking Dr. Smith for listening.
-- Ernest Kurtz, Not-God, A History of Alcoholics Anonymous


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meaness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain 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 whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. 
-- Jalal ad-Din Rumi


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