Jan 11, 2012

The Invitation

Today I wanted to share with you a poem that one of co-works sent me last week.  I was kind of busy at work when she sent it to me but when I had a moment to read the words and reflect on this poem I thought it was so beautiful, simple and true.  I knew I needed to share it with you, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

The Invitiation 
By Oriah Mount dreamer 
Canadian Teacher and Author 

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 dreams
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

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 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
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.

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