The Invitation

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 7, 1996

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, 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 faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a 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 for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, 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.

 

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12 comments
  1. This verse made me think of all the parents living in poverty or war-torn countries –

    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 for the children.

    I am thankful that I was able to raise my children in a peaceful country and provide the food, shelter, education and medical care they needed. My heart breaks when I think of the mothers and fathers who cannot do what needs to be done for the children.

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  2. OMGosh! Wow! I never dreamed I would read this tonight. How powerful and how literally touching. Thanks for blessing me with this. I needed this… Wow! Thanks, Kenny! Take care of yourself! – Amy 😀

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  3. love this – it sounds like a dance through life – no matter what

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  4. Reblogged this on BeforeSheImplodes and commented:
    This spoke to me heavily.
    Sounds a lot like what I would want to know about my future significant other but more importantly…myself.
    I want to know…that I can at least try.
    I want to know that I am not one of those living out life as a potential.
    Not just for me but for anyone…

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  5. The author wanted to know if we were a Christian in God’s eyes, and not just our own mind… Because this is how a Christian lives through the power of the Holy Spirit !!

    B’essings in Christ, bruce

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  6. "Working for Christ" said:

    “I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.” Wow! Powerful stuff! I think I’ll grab another Smoothie and read this one again. Thanks, Kenny T! 🙂 Dave

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    • Hey Dave, It’s great to hear from you this morning!!! I Hope you had a great weekend and an even better day today….

      Now, where’s my coffee cup????

      Take Care my Friend and God Bless 🙂

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  7. Love it. Going to keep this one and read it again and again. I reminds me of ‘If’, by the tiger man who wrote The Jungle Book. Can’t think of his name. During my current trial I’ve had to prune my friends down to just one (apart from YHWH): me, and I’ve found I love my own company most of all, especially after raising 3 children alone therefore not being alone for 25 years. In my own company I have at last become an artist and writer as I’ve always wanted to be. The pain gives me something to paint and write about and make into a thing of beauty. Thank you.

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  8. Do you know where this is from? My younger brother sent this to me quite a few years ago and I never did figure out where he got it from.

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  9. I came across this a few years ago on retreat and found it so powerful I copied it out. The ascription there said “Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Native American Elder, May 1994”
    Thanks for bringing it back to me.

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