Monday Moxie ~ Will You Accept This Invite?

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THE INVITATION
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.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco
1999 All rights reserved
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I'd like to know these things about you...yes, you!
I think we all have more in common than you may think.

11 comments :

  1. This is one strong and very deep invitation! I want to answer yes to all but I guess I'm still a work in progress.

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    1. I hear ya, Myne, me too :-)

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  2. This is so heavy! I don't know whether my feeling applies to this but I had flash backs of the time my girl walked out of me.

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  3. Hey AK! I can see how this can to apply when thinking of a relationship. So sorry you experienced such a thing, but I know you're stronger and wiser because of it.

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    1. yeah, that made me wiser and stronger.

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  4. That 2nd para kills me. Deep!

    One.

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    1. Me too, Lin...me too... :-)

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  5. Captivating read and very stimulating. I copied and pasted to my documents for future inspiration.

    AGREED. 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.

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    1. Hey Don! Glad you found it as valuable as we did. This statement made me think of beauty for ashes...yet another one I think is a great source of inspiration. Good to hear from you!

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  6. You know how you can read one sentence and instantly become curious as to what's next...that is how I am feeling write now. This is one of life most beautiful invitations I have ever read...ever!

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    1. I sure do, Dee. I think I might send a copy of this to a few people just as a note of encouragement :-).

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