It Doesn’t Matter... “The invitation” Current mood: calm
Category: Writing and Poetry

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 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 matter to 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, fade 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 hear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trust worthy.

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 its presence.

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have...
It doesn't matter to me who you know and how you come to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

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

--unknown

..."The invitation" - I found this and thought it was beautiful.. it reflects my own sentiments of not caring what a persons 'status' is but about the actual person and who they are in the sense of their 'real' self... best ~mm

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Comment by Marilyn Magallanes, TeachThemToCare.org on August 30, 2008 at 1:40am
HI Jeff, i found it on a page on www.myspace.com a bit back... i do like it a lot... there are a few parts that i personally would not express quite "exactly" with the same words... but knowing that it is actually someone's writing did not want to alter it in any manner out of respect for the author... and in seeing it "as a whole" i think its very beautiful. thanks for the comment... hope all is swell with you & yours Jeff :) and Happy Labor Day too! ~mm
Comment by Jeff on August 30, 2008 at 12:35am
A person who eventually was to become one of my most treasured friends gave me this poem when we were first becoming friends. I had never seen it before - am glad to know it is getting attention.

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