The Invatation

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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 and 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 shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

 

I want to know if you can SIT WITH PAIN – mine and your own

Without moving to HIDE IT or FADE IT or FIX IT.

 

I want to know if you can BE WITH JOY- mine and your own

If you can DANCE WITH WILDNESS

And let the ecstacy 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.

 

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.

 

LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE MY FRIEND

 

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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