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Season’s Greetings - The Invitation

Posted Jan 14 2009 7:49pm

Several years ago I sent the following as my Christmas Card to family and friends…

It’s not my writing… and the questions asked are sincere. Give it some thought. And if Christmas is something you celebrate, I wish you a very merry one, indeed.

The Invitation

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 sorrow,
if you have bled open 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, to 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’s not pretty,
every day, 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 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 the 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.

© Mountaindreaming, from the book The Invitation published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1999 All rights reserved

merry christmas
with love,

–Mary K

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-:¦:- ((¸¸.·´* Light

EXPECT MIRACLES!

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