“The Invitation” by Oriah

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 dreams

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

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 faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can

see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your

own life

from its 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.

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