Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Invitation by Oriah


I woke up this morning with this line in my head, "I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day."  It's from a poem a friend emailed me back in college about being true to who you are.

The Invitation by Oriah

It does'nt 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 does'nt 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 does'nt 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 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 ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be creful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It does'nt 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 everyday.
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 full moon,
"Yes".

It does'nt interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the nioght of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
for the children.

It does'nt 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 does'nt interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all alse 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.



by Oriah from her book THE INVITATION (c) 1999. Published by HarperONE,
San Francisco. All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author. www.oriah.org
To read more visit http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/;

1 comment:

  1. i like this...i like the message, very inspiring :)

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