A few years ago, I came across some powerful and thought provoking words of inspiriation at just the right time in my life.
I was going through some major life changes, and a poem called “The Invitation” really resonated with me.
The verse is from a famous book – The Invitation (Amazon UK / Amazon USA) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.
Read these words and spend some time to reflect on her message:-
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.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s words sure make us reflect on just what is important in life 🙂
I love this – it is great! Might try it as a conversation opener from now on!!
I have just finished reading the “Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. The book is wonderful. I feel I should carry the poem on my person for life and consult it at least once a day. It challenges us to look past every human and worldly distraction and dares us to come face to face with the frailty of our human existence and that of every human being we encounter in our daily lives. It all at once strips away all that blinds us in this life, the business of living by accumulating “more stuff” and “keeping up”. It is a story of love and acceptance of self and others. It is a story that allows us to see the beauty of this world as it really is and the beauty that is in each individual we encounter. It is courage personified, combined with a depth of awareness of the endless possibilities of our lives, but also of acceptance of frailty and limitation. It is a cellebration of life and love.