Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Invitation

I came across a poem the other day that encompasses everything to which I aspire for myself as well as everything I wish for you: my friends, family, and loyal readers. It says it all and once you read it, you will never be the same.

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation - Boxed Set

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 reached the center 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 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, everyday, 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, "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 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.

I urge you to meditate on this poem; print it out and read it over and over again. Hide it in your heart, as my mama used to say. I firmly believe that the lessons contained within it can sustain you and help you get through anything life throws your way, as well as any self-imposed hardships. And make no mistake, most of our hardships are self-imposed.

Learn the lessons, hold them dear. Be happy for the rest of your life. Seems unfathomable, doesn't it? It's not. It's absolutely possible.

If you have a situation about which you'd like to get a fresh perspective, please email me at In 2011, let's turn this into the blog I meant for it to be: one that offers a listening ear connected to a kind heart. I'm listening. What do you have to say?

Until next week,
Feed on love, subsist on peace.


  1. This has hung over my desk for years, and I can't tell you how many times I have blogged and reblogged it. It's such a good reminder that never seems to lose its worth. Every time I need it, I discover something new.

  2. good thoughts...

    as usual you do not disappoint me with your posts. i always leave with something to ponder.

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  3. This is absolutely beautiful and resonates very, very deeply with me today. I am, in fact going to print it and share it with somebody I love.

    Thank you -


  4. Rabbit- That's how you know that a piece of work is timeless...every time you read it, you get something new from it.

    Bruce- I'm glad you left with something to ponder. If you have anything to share here that you think others could benefit from, please let me know.

    PM- Thank you. I am doing the same.


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