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  • (Borrowed from The Invitation--Oriah Mountain Dreamer)

    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 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
    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 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 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.
Favorite Quotes
  • You can find me anywhere except somewhere else. - gth 990216

    The pain feared is worse than the pain felt. - gth 990218 (Because it lasts somewhere between much longer and MUCH much longer…)990709

    My favorite on truth... think about it:
    The devil can quote scripture for his purpose. - Shakespeare

    More:
    Only a sadistic scoundrel-or a fool-tells the bald truth on social occasions. - Lazarus Long


    Sayings used by the Bene Gesserits [Franh Herbert's Dune]

    -> All proof inevitably leads to propositions which have no proof. All things are known because we want to believe in them.
    -> The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.

    Borrowed from GUIDELINES FOR ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM by Swami Beyondananda
    5. It is true. As we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears, causing a condition called truth decay. So be sure to use mental floss twice a day. And when you're tempted to practice tantrum yoga, remember what we teach in Swami's Absurdiveness Training class: Don't get even, get odd.

    I have discovered the art of fooling diplomats: I speak the truth and they never believe me. -- Camillo Di Cavour

    Facts and truth are often cousins--not brothers. -- Edward Bunke

    And more...
    The devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're terribly tired and makes·· a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant.

    Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.

    Feed yourself and feed others. Then, if you have to say good-bye, it won't matter. You will have shared love. - Jeanne Moreau

    Eat a live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

    The pain feared is worse than the pain felt: because it lasts somewhere between much longer and MUCH much longer…990709 (me)

    Hell is not to love anymore. - Georges Bernanos

    Security is mostly a superstition. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

    Kiss the tear from her lip, you'll find the rose the sweeter for the dew. - Webster

    It is no pleasure to build a web and catch only flies when one knows there is a wasp about.

    Platonic friendship: The interval between the introduction and the first kiss. - Sophie Irene Loeb

    Finally:

    I am against all hobbies. I have been against ever since I figured out that nothing I ever do is considered a hobby. All my life I have had to fill out forms that ask about hobbies. I always wanted to write down "reading", but reading is not a hobby. If you collect books, that is a hobby. If you actually read them, it is not. If you happen to watch a butterfly in a field, that is not a hobby. If you put a pin through its little heart, that is a hobby. - Richard Cohen

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