Monday, January 19, 2009

The Invitation...

As I sat today waiting for an important research meeting, I glanced on the shelf of one of our partners. The book The Invitation by Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" sat captivatingly singing to me. ...

I saw these words she had written

and was so deeply moved. .....

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 of
or 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 shrivelled
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.

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
Beautyeven 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,


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 meand not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what
or with whomyou 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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