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This is by far one of my favorite poems of all times. It’s really beautiful and the lessons are crazy powerful. It’s called The Invitation and it was written by this beautiful woman called Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

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 how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool

for love,

for 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,

be realistic,

remember the limitations of being a 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 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 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 want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments… Isn’t this powerful? Isn’t this beautiful?

** If you enjoyed reading this, make sure you share it with those you love and also, if you want to learn more about Oriah, you can connect with her on Facebook. She has a really beautiful Facebook Page and I think you will like what she has to share 🙂

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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    Kim

    28, April 2012 at 9:29 pm

    The poem is written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and called “The Invitation”. It is amazing and beautiful. She is on Facebook and I have friended her. Good luck and I love your blogs!

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    Michelle

    28, April 2012 at 7:40 pm

    This a poem called “The Invitation” was written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Oriah later expanded her poem into a book. She has written several books I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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    paula

    28, April 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Oriah is the author. Facebook Oriah Mountain Dreamer. There is a book titled The Invitation in which she breaks down the prosebsection by section explaining her meaning. Wonderful prose. Wonderful book.

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    alan

    28, April 2012 at 5:56 pm

    this is a beautiful beautiful poem, sears straight to my heart…
    I will be certain to read, re-appreciate and reflect on it, time and time again in the years to come…

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    Maria Savva

    28, April 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I love this poem too, it’s the Invitation by oriah mountain dreamer. Thanks for your lovely posts x

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    Fawzia

    25, March 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Corrine,you are so beautiful and your poem so true,i hope their is some man out their reading this and meets you and you let him in and open that closed door.Big Hug and Godbless!! I know that feeling!!Life is to short!!Live the moments you have!!

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    Corinne

    14, June 2011 at 3:12 am

    This is such a deep poem. It always make me have the teary eyes but if you know me I’ll hold them back. lol I know I should let them out and have a good cry. My main thing right now is that I have bad dreams. I live alone and I know I jump in my sleep from the dreams and I just try go back to sleep. I sometimes wonder when I will allow a man to be beside me again. I don’t trust them. I don’t know when I ever will again. Yes, my heart is hurt it is mostly from me being alone again as all my children are adults now and I miss them and am lonely. Yes one has given me grandchildren but I barely get to see him too as they do not live close by. Last night I looked at the pillows I use as comfort and wondered if I’d ever let a man be there instead of them. hmmmm. Things to ponder.

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