Mountain Dreamer Speaks

 

It doesn't interest me what you do for 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 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 can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear

the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want 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 everyday, and if you can source your life

on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the moon.


It doesn't interest me to know where you live of 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 for 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.

 

Oriah, Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

 

Quoted by Rae Unzicker at a NYAPRS Annual Conference....

 
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