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Needed reminders for the New Year

December 21, 2010

 

We all need inspiration from time to time and I wanted to enter this new year renewing the fire within and passing on words that ignite me.
 
PLEASE READ THIS OUT LOUD AND SLOWLY.  IT NEEDS TO HIT THE AIR AROUND YOU AND SINK INTO YOUR BODY.
 
 
  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 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 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.

               By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
               from the book The Invitation
               published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
               1999 All rights reserved

        Artwork ©Julie Davis 1998-2010

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