I’ve written about this extraordinarily beautiful poem before. But all things considered, I thought it would be worth our revisiting…
It’s written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and it’s called “The Invitation.”
“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’s true. What you “do” may not only reflect a small part (or no part at all) of the essence, the core of who you truly are. But it would be wonderful if it did. Perhaps now would be a good time to bring the “you” into what you do.
“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.”
How old you are…?” Someone asked me my age recently and I promptly quoted Auntie Mame: “Oh, I don’t know,” I said. Somewhere forty and death.” Looking like a fool for love and for adventure appeals to me a lot. What better reasons could there be to look foolish? What are you waiting for?
“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, to remember the limitations of being human.”
We were born to love and be loved. We have legs for dancing, hearts for pounding with love. And limits that are made to be broken. Now.
“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.”
“To disappoint another to be true to yourself.” A tall order. But without our own “truth” we have none. To be trustworthy is to be free.
“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.”
To be able to “see beauty” is to create it. To create it is to share it. To rejoice in it is empower yourself and others.
“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!”
Yes!” We fail. “Yes!” We learn and “Yes!” we reinvent. Over and over and over.  That’s where true strength comes from…
“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.”
To stand for something with others, against all flags, and to take strength from the “losses” is to win the  power. Your power.
“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.”
What sustains you from the inside.” Your “belief”? Your “relentless resolve”? Your “humor”? Your ability to belt out  a song when the answer comes back negative? (That’s what I do. It works…)
“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 am rarely totally alone: I fill the “empty moments” hugging, petting, talking to and singing to our dog, Domino. She responds by thoroughly licking my face, tears and all.  She is “the company I keep.” Or rather, the company who keeps me…and I “truly like” or rather, love it.
It would be wonderful if you could share your own responses to Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s questions with us!

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