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 !

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

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