not all who wander are lost.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Invitation

The Invitation (By Oriah)

It doesnt 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 hearts longing.
It doesnt 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 doesnt 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     to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.
It doesnt interest me
if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true 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 doesnt 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 doesnt 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 doesnt interest me
where or what or with whorm
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.

Thank you to blog reader, Markus, from Germany for sending me this beautiful poem along with well wishes for my travels! 

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