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11-28-2002, 09:14 AM
THE INVITATION
by Oriah Indian Elder

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and
If you dare 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 for love for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are
squaring your moon. I want to know if you
have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life's betrayals,
Or have become 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 fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or
your own. If you can dance with wildness and
let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers
and toes without cautioning us to be careful be
realistic 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 can disappoint another
to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation
of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when
it's not pretty everyday. And if you can source
your own life from it's presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure yours
and mine, and still stand on the edge of the 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 know
if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs
to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you
came to be here. I want to know if you will stand
in 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 what sustains you
from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments