Tuesday, June 3, 2008

the invitation.. (this explains everything..)

When I read this bit in the book "The Invitation", I was thrilled! I have never heard anyone say what ACTUALLY matters in a being, better. Here's the goods by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

"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 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 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's 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 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 think my world was jarred when I read this. I never knew anyone else thought this way. I have always wanted to get to the soul of a person.. but unfortunately many people hide their soul, not wanting it to be exposed. I have to admit, myself included at times in life. Other times, I was so willing to expose my soul and desires that I think I may have scared many off. I still at times can have that day where everything makes sense and feels right.. and I may just expose some amazing thoughts and ideas that this soul has to offer.. I am hoping to catch some in this blog.

Welcome to my blog. I hope to bring laughter and tears into the souls who have gravitated towards me and my writings..

1 comment:

Cookie said...

I'm glad that you started this way.