November 17, 2008

My favorite Poem. 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 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 center of your own sorrow, if you 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 faithlessand 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.
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, book cover

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 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.

6 Comments on “My favorite Poem. The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

November 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Is John “Blaisman” Blais’ poem? could swear I heard it on an IronMan video….

November 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm

One of my favourites too. You’ll also enjoy her other book “The Call”, which I’m reading at the moment.

Urban Ninja
November 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Hey Richard – no its hers. He may have used it – it inspired millions of people around the world.

Zoot – been there, done that. great book.

Rose Warrior
March 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

NO WAY! this is John Blais “Blazeman” poem, without any shadow of a DOUBT!

Urban Ninja
March 18, 2009 at 11:19 am

hi Rose. not a chance – the poem is much older than his triathlon exploits, even though, as the poetic warrior he was, I imagine this was close to his heart.

whatever you think, spread the word on this poem, and link people to here

July 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

This is Jon Blais’ poem for sure
Spoken throughout the hawaii 05 ironman
Inspirational legend he was. Rip ironman


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