[at-l] Not completing a thru Hike

David Addleton dfaddleton at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 19:13:52 CST 2009


http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/

The Invitation

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 centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled 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 centre 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

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM,  <grey.owl at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I finally found the quote.  Someone posted it to the list many years ago.
> Many people disappear after they fail to complete their hike. Both Jim and
> Frank have given wonderful posting about not completing the trail however I
> like to hear the stories.
> "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."
>
> "I t 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 its 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 of the full moon, "Yes""
>                                                            Oriah Mountain
> Dreamer
> Cheers
> Grey Owl
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