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Friday, January 10, 2014

WISE WORDS: "The Invitation"

We have a great passion for songwriting, poetry and wise words to live by because you can draw a whole lot of inspiration from them.

Therefore we keep tons of little black books in our drawers - each of them filled with smart one-liners and clever thoughts - and would like to share one, that's close to our heart.

"The Invitation" 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.

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 dissapoint 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 everyday.
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:

I doesn't interest me
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.

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