Posted by: wataugacounseling | November 22, 2008

The Invitation

At our November meeting, several attendees requested a copy of the poem “The Invitation” that Faith Mahoney read in her presentation.  Here it is!

“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 doesn’t interest me now old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
For your dreams,
For the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
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 ecstasy fill you
To the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful,
Be realistic, or 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 bare the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithful and, therefore, be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not present everyday.
And, if you can source your own life from IT’S presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure; yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a mountain
And shout to the silver of the 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 a night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone
And do what needs to be done for 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.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer
(an Objibway woman)

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