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Every time I get to a major point of decision; when I must decide which way to go and start to weigh options, think up consequences, and ultimately decide whether I will take the decision that is comfortable or make one that is brave and maybe a little risky, I bring 2 major things to the decision table with me- PURPOSE & FAITH. I ask myself  ‘what will I do if I wasn’t afraid?’ ‘Will this decision be different if I knew I could not fail?’ ‘What if I tried and succeeded, as opposed to trying and failing?’ And even if I fail along the way, would it be a worthwhile journey because I chased after my dreams, because I did what mattered to me? Do I want to be part of the mediocre majority who says “let’s be realistic” or will I release my genius and say “impossible is nothing?” Anyhow, I am at one of those decision points and so today my thoughts have roamed to words that I have spoken to me in the past like- ‘Chasing Dreams‘ and ‘I hope you dance‘. As I explore these thoughts and scribble furiously away in my journal, I recall a poem that speaks right to the heart of the matter and decide to share it with you. I invite you to enjoy, “the Invitation” by Oriah and urge that you and I be absolutely true to ourselves. Here’s to deciding in favour of what will matter in the long run…

THE INVITATION- a poem by Oriah 

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 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 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,

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.

I hope you enjoyed that and that it gets you thinking. Helps you decide in  favour of your best self. I got the poem from Oriah’s site at Be awesome this week! Oh and another thing, I saw this picture on Facebook and absolutely had to share:




One comment

  1. This is a beautiful peom. I believe in going to what I want no matter the discouragement. Nothing ventured nothing gained. It is better to venture and fail because the experience will be there forever. Have a wonderfyl weekend. Cheers

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