Wednesday, April 21, 2010

While you wait.....

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 dreams, 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 shrivelled 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 a 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 am working right now... and I just wanted you all to know I am thinking of you. I am wishing and hoping and praying for you.  I thought you may like this little excerpt. It is so achingly honest. Pure inspiration.

 In the meantime,while you wait for me to return.... take care and breath in every moment.



Kim Mailhot said...

Thank you for the inspiring excerpt. Warm fuzzy hugs to the working you, Carrie.
Happy Creating !

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I've missed you, dear friend! Thank you for providing us with those wonderfully inspiring words. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Theresa

LA-Laurie said...

That is a very moving and thought provoking piece. Thank you for sharing dear.

I hope your work goes well and that you will be ready for your show in May. I love you my dearest girl. Talk to you soon. Mom

linnea-maria said...

Beautiful words. This is how I try to live and have in mind when I meet other people. Hugs /Therese