Excerpt from THE INVITATION by Oriah

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 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 wilderness
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 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,
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.
By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
(The Invitation was published by HarperONE, San Francisco in the spring of 1999. 
It became a best‐seller and has been translated into over fifteen languages around the world.)

About G...

Evolving and revolving! Douglas Adams & Woody Allen are my soul mates from another era. My quirkiness is an eclectic mix of Jess (New Girl), Dharma and Carrie Bradshaw. Sharing my birthday with Paulo Coelho & Stephen Fry, i'm always reading a book and enjoy having engaging conversations about life and love. I take children, wit and play seriously, very seriously. I'm a renaissance soul who enjoys yoga, vodka with cranberry and doodling. Working in the field of Education and Story-telling, there are only two things i look forward to: Knowing myself and Everything that matters!

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