Author, Oriah Mountain Dreamer (Sent to me from my sister, Norma Good, in honor of my birthday, September 13)

"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 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 to center of your sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayal 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, 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 at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes!'

It doesn't matter to 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."

Blessings,

Brenda
http://www.BeeBlessedDaily.com http://www.BeeBlessedDaily.com/gifts-from-brenda

Author's Bio: 

Brenda, sometimes called “BJ” hails from the Motor City. She and husband Tommy Bee, a former jazz disc jockey in Los Angeles now reside in Phoenix. Brenda is affiliated with self-empowering forums and writes articles for other respected self-help, self-empowering online networks, an expert contributor on self Improvement and has published many articles. Her first e-book, the “Can Do Handbook,” will be available soon. As a public service, she conducts Workshops and leads Discussion groups as a community service.