The Invitation

The below is  a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – It pretty much sums up exactly what I want to say to every.single.person. – It sums up what I want to know about every.single.person – It resonated so deeply with me when I first read it –  It made my soul shine.

Let me know how it makes you feel ?

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, 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 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, be realistic, 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 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.

 

I can not even begin to contest with the above with my words right now…. I’ll let that sit with you a while.

 

~ Tuesday = IBOT = Community = wonderful words ~

September 24, 2013 - 7:32 am

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset - Very powerful words and poem. Not even sure what to comment, as it’s all swirling around and looking for places in the dust in my mind to settle! 😉 Wouldn’t it be great if you could meet someone and just say all that. Cut the small unimportant talk, I want to get to the real stuff. Who has time for small talk anymore? xo

September 24, 2013 - 9:55 am

Jody at Six Little Hearts - Truly beautiful!
That’s a real cut-to-the-chase prose and exactly how I’d like to talk to others. I guess the people who touch those places within us become the greatest of friends.

September 24, 2013 - 10:39 am

Me - Between the photo and the poem I want to go and sit in front of one of those doors, look at the water and drink the words in – until I can’t get any more !
Thank you so much for sharing such magical words.
Have the best day !
Me

September 24, 2013 - 11:20 am

Emma @ Five Degrees of Chaos - Inspirational and moving. I hope to one day have recovered enough of the brain cells I’ve sacrificed to pregnancy and sleep deprivation to be capable of thinking critically again!

September 24, 2013 - 11:59 am

Eleise @ A Very Blended Family - What a beautiful piece of poetry and such gorgeous words. Thanks for sharing xx

September 24, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions - Just lovely, really beautiful words. It would be nice if we could all be as real and as vulnerable as those words.

#teamIBOT was here!

September 24, 2013 - 3:16 pm

EssentiallyJess - I feel a bit like Aroha. It’s all floating in my mind looking for a place to settle.
Can you betray someone to stay true to yourself? That’s a hard one for me.

September 24, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - Yes so many of us are worried about the impressive we give instead of being who we are. I have been guilty at times but since having children, and battling to stay sane during the past 6 years, I can now say I work incredibly hard to be at peace with myself. Some very powerful words – have a happy week x

September 24, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Josefa @always Josefa - I really love this. So much. Made my day stop dead in its tracks, my mind quieten and I listened to the words and let my soul sit with them a while. So many truths in this. Thank you for sharing x

September 24, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Lisa - Wow! Talk about putting it out there. Definitely given me something to think about.x

September 24, 2013 - 7:05 pm

[email protected] - There is always so much deeper than the outer shell of appearance, so many choose not to dip beyond the surface. Beautiful piece written art! xx

September 24, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Rach - I’m learning how to be quiet with myself and learning how to be comfortable alone…..loved this beautiful very thought provoking xx

September 25, 2013 - 3:03 pm

[email protected] - Well, now I really have something to swirl around in my brain! Beautiful, and the image suits perfectly. x

Negativity rules

Negativity rules …. way too often.

So much lately, I find myself wondering what the actual flip is going on in some people’s minds.

It seems that negativity is on the rise and I am left sitting here wondering WHY?!

Why is it that people get so caught up focusing on the negative in absolutely everything, and then they proceed to constantly talk about it and post facebook statuses about it, and tweet about it, and rinse and repeat.

What I don’t think these serial offenders realise is this:

If you constantly surround your mind and your being with negative words and negative actions and in turn reactions, you are validating it all in your own world and giving it space to BREED. The vicious cycle will never end once you cross that line and it will be very difficult to get out of the rut that’s been created.

It’s not always possible to see the positive in crap situations, and gosh, don’t think I am fool enough to think there is always a grand positive all the time. But what there IS, in most every situation that’s faced, is this:

A chance to learn, a chance to fight for something, stand for something, a chance to GROW, to strive,  a chance to move forward..

People need to promote what they love instead of bashing what they hate.

We (in Australia) are in a very fortunate country, and it seems we are forgetting about this more and more and really focusing on the smaller, petty things, that essentially, don’t even rate on the scale of 1 – serious.

I’m not a ray of sunshine, every.single.day. And I don’t ever pretend I am. But I do know this;
I make it my daily mission to TRY and see the good in everything, to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to accept what I can and can’t do… to refrain from saying negative things and to THINK before reacting.. It hasn’t always been this way and it is something I have worked on for a while and now in turn, it is just second nature.

We have choices, and we have the grand liberty of being able to think and feel what we want… However, if people could just see how much better life would be for themselves and those around if the negativity was lifted, then I’d be one happy camper and so would they!

Negativity; it’s a beast, a fire breathing dragon and it will be happy to suck you in and chew you up, and spit you out and go again.

Be strong, power through, choose the positivity, at least  try it on, walk around and let that wash over you for a while.

 

~Tuesday is here, IBOT is here, read, enjoy, comment, next! ~ 

September 17, 2013 - 6:47 am

Deb @home life simplified - I hear you and agree. the other thing I am noticing is it is definitely rubbing off on me when I see too much of it on Facebook. I need to start looking the other way more.

September 17, 2013 - 6:57 am

Lydia C. Lee - But like a dragon, it’s very hard to defeat. I think it can build til it taints your view without you even knowing it. Good post.

September 17, 2013 - 8:11 am

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset - love this M. You are spot on! And it is SO SO easy to fall into the negativity. Whinge whinge whinge. I get so sick of my own whinging at times! Why is it so hard for people to be happy, positive and to see the good? Where is society going wrong!?!? xo

September 17, 2013 - 8:42 am

Me - I completely agree with you. I think that for most people it is easier to see the negative in something and once they start on that path, it just keeps repeating itself. It’s only once you are out of that cycle that you realise just how draining it is to be so negative all the time.
I think that sometimes it is harder to see the positives and we all get that you won’t see the positives all the time – but there is a difference to having a whinge about something and then moving on as opposed to constantly whinging !
Have the best day !
Me

September 17, 2013 - 9:41 am

Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus - I totally agree! There is so much negativity around these days. People need to start seeing the glass as half full!

September 17, 2013 - 10:10 am

Danya Banya - So true! Some people like to be victims. Sure I know that there are rocky periods, but people’s attitudes determine how they cope in this situations…

September 17, 2013 - 10:16 am

Bel - I took three months off FB and it made a hug difference to me and my positivity! I was getting dragged down with friends who seem to focus on the negatives all the time, there is so much good out there in the world! I’m back on FB now but have definitely been able to filter out the negative x

September 17, 2013 - 11:35 am

JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter) - *stands and applauds* Well said! I was only just thinking this yesterday as I scrolled through my Twitter feed. It was making me pissed off! So I switched off, smiled and felt much better 🙂

September 17, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Eleise @ A Very Blended Family - Oh I hear you! When I start to get down and not in control of my life I become negative. When I consciously change my thought process to positive, my life changes and I am much happier. Positive thinking rules. Thanks for the reminder.

September 17, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Pip (Bub Sweat and Tears) - Yep, I do find negativity is a spiral leading into a rut. Once you start doing it it becomes way too easy to keep doing it. The main thing though which you highlight, is that it’s your choice. A good reminder.

September 17, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Jody at Six Little Hearts - Sounds like you are talking about my Mum! She’s about to turn 84 and still sees the negative in everything! I can’t believe people can live their entire lives with that kind of focus.
I try to see positives in everything too. I like to think there’s something better coming always and it’s just around the corner for me if I just wait a little longer. I am usually right too. (Or maybe it’s just that positive attitude working for me and the situation’s actually crap)! LOL!

September 17, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - I couldn’t agree more – I often have sarcastic updates but I always try and see the good side of things, well except when I have PMS and then the hormones win for two days and it’s a pity party for one around here. Thankfully I have three gorgeous babes and a shit-hot hubby that remind me every day how awesome I’ve got life 🙂 Em

September 17, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Annaleis - Sometimes you have to choose to leave some people behind when it comes to their continual negative outlook on the world. I think I am a pretty positive person and hope that others feel positive after spending time with me. Thats my hope anyway.

September 17, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Rach - I’m a rae of sunshine everyday 🙂 I got your back girl always here with support and positivity annoyingly cheerful that’s what I am xxx

September 18, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Lisa - I try really hard to be a positive person on social media because I do get sick of the negative social media rants people tend to go on with, so I do switch off when it gets too much x