About Mary Beth


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
 some momentary awareness
as an unexpected 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.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice-
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes
Because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.
- Rumi