The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer (an Indian Elder)

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The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (an Indian Elder) It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if youdare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool forlove, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you havetouched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or havebecome shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fadeit or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness andlet the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful,be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you candisappoint another to be true to yourself, if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and notbetray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you cansource your life from God's presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours andmine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to knowif you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and dowhat needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will standin the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know whatsustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone withyourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments

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