Isn't she wonderful? She is a gift from my friend Valerie Runningwolf...I call her Luna, we share midnight stories....

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 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 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 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 a human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re 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.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even if it’s not pretty every day,

and if you can source your life from God’s presence.

I want to know if you can live

with failure, yours and mine,

and still stand on the edge of a

lake and shout to the silver moon, ‘Yes!’

It doesn’t interest me where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,

weary, bruised to the bone, and do what 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 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.

Inspired by Oriah Mountain Dreamer,

Native American Elder, May 1994


Griselda said...

Amen my beautiful sister...I can be with you near the fire, laughing and also crying...all-ways.

Sue said...

You are blessed with a wonderful friend, a treasure to hold dear.

Copying the poetry by the Native Elder, definitely something I want to keep and refer back to.


Sue O'Kieffe said...

thanks for visiting. your dolls are a joy to behold!

Tammie Lee said...

how wonderful, this gift for you!
I recently came across this poem, The Invitation and sent it out to folks in emails. Fun to see it two days later! It is profound and speaks for my heart.
So lovely to have you visit, my blog. Wishing you the best, now and always.

Kathleen Mattox said...

Very powerful and beautiful.

Kathleen Mattox said...

Very powerful and beautiful.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Hi!! Thanks for visiting me!!! I love to make new friends...I'm on a break right now...but I love your blog...and my inlaws used to live in Coarse Gold!! They are now in Bakersfield as they have aged...but I have many happy memories of Coarse Gold!! Hope you won't mind if I follow you...I don't get around to commenting very often...very busy...and I'm not online right now...but I do want to read more of your blog!! You seem like an incredible person! This poetry by your friend is incredible...and you are truly an artist worth watching! ~Janine XO

julie mitchell said...

Yes, I know have already shown me...I'll remember your kindness always.
Sue, glad you like the poem...some things beg to be shared. And yes, I am blessed with many friends.
Sue too, I love your mandalas...they're wonderful's funny how things like that happen, I always pay extra close attention then..and your blog is a joy to visit.
Glad you like it Kathleen.
janine, it's not often someone knows where Coarsegold is let alone been here. Thank you for your kind words and I love it that you're following my blog...I found yours via Renee and plan to visit again..I enjoy your writing.
love, love

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