|DECLARATION OF NON-INTEREST
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer,
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 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 to 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 full moon,
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 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.