Friday, April 5, 2013

A Note to My Future Husband

"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. 

 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!”
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." 

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It's like someone took the words out of my soul,
etched deep into my DNA
and was braver than I to risk
trying to capture them on paper.

And there you have my Quote of the Day,
Quote of my Life - really.

It needs no introduction for it speaks for itself.
Read it again.
Read it for meaning.
Read it for the beauty of language.
Read it for the integrity and honesty the author
wanted to convey.
Read it because life is more beautiful
when we pick up bits and pieces
of the beauty other's leave behind and make them our own.

Have a relaxing weekend,
praying some warm weather comes our way.
I don't know about you but 
I'm ready for bike rides, picnicking, BBQ's, and
the sand in between my toes
(if there is any left on our beaches post 
Hurricane Sandy!)



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Whatcha thinkin?