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Isabella
12-10-03, 21:39
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 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 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.

by
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Geck-o-Lizard
12-10-03, 22:01
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John Falstaff
12-10-03, 22:21
Isabella,

That is an awful lot of questions. Most of which cannot easily be answered. Or should they be?

I can say:-

"Others abide our questions. Thou art free.
We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge."

"The rest is silence."

Isabella
12-10-03, 22:27
Originally posted by John Falstaff:
Isabella,

That is an awful lot of questions. Most of which cannot easily be answered. Or should they be?

I can say:-

"Others abide our questions. Thou art free.
We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge."
"The rest is silence."That is very true. I love that quote as well.

It was the last line in The Invitation however that really struck a cord because it is in those "empty moments" where we really have to examine our true selves.

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Isabella
12-10-03, 22:46
Anyway, on a lighter note..My huskey sized cat ( just to be pc) is currently sleeping on his back with all 4 chubby limbs in the air and he is snoring like a drunk with a head cold.

Geck-o-Lizard
12-10-03, 22:54
lmao :D

John Falstaff
12-10-03, 23:04
Hi Isabella,

My answer to the last line's questions are the same. 'Only up to a point', no one is or can (should?) be an island. If you are really so content with your self in those 'empty moments' (alone) then maybe one is 'sick of self-love'.

But too much self-examination can be unhealthy - self-examination can lead to unwarrented self-hatred! Silence can be golden!

;)

As for your cat - 'it's better to snore like a drunk with a head cold than to be a drunk with a head cold!'

neil4768
12-10-03, 23:06
not unless you the one who is having to listen to the snoring

Isabella
12-10-03, 23:12
Originally posted by John Falstaff:
Hi Isabella,

My answer to the last line's questions are the same. 'Only up to a point', no one is or can (should?) be an island. If you are really so content with your self in those 'empty moments' (alone) then maybe one is 'sick of self-love'.

But too much self-examination can be unhealthy - self-examination can lead to unwarrented self-hatred! Silence can be golden!

;)

As for your cat - 'it's better to snore like a drunk with a head cold than to be a drunk with a head cold!'I can see why you are a writer John http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif (of course I am refering to the first part that you wrote, not the part about the "drinking") ;)

Neil LOL!

Trinity34
12-10-03, 23:24
wow isabella this is pretty deep, what brought this all on?

Isabella
12-10-03, 23:26
Hi Trinity http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif I almost didn't recognize you. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

I just found it in a catalog and thought it was interesting. How are you?

John Falstaff
12-10-03, 23:35
Isabella,

Most good writers, and maybe poor ones http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif , refer to drinking.

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Jane Austen, Raymond Chandler, Keats, William Shakespeare, Laurie Lee, and Jackie Collins all talk about it! Others, like Coleridge were into far heavier things!

Tell us for true:- are you related to Carrie Nation in any way?
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Isabella
12-10-03, 23:42
Originally posted by John Falstaff:
Isabella,

Most good writers, and maybe poor ones http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif , refer to drinking.

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

Jane Austen, Raymond Chandler, Keats, William Shakespeare, Laurie Lee, and Jackie Collins all talk about it! Others, like Coleridge were into far heavier things!

Tell us for true:- are you related to Carrie Nation in any way?
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif LOL! Wasn't she almost 6 feet tall. Too bad I am not related, could have added some height to my 5 foot 3 inch stature.

And I have nothing against a good saloon
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RobBo
12-10-03, 23:46
Not forgetting my Lord Byron, whose recurring theme was such; to the point of obsesssion. Poor George never had a cat, either.

Annacia
13-10-03, 01:53
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.

This one says it for me. If someone would face the flames with me, not a lot else would matter.

[ 13. October 2003, 04:06: Message edited by: Annacia ]

Croft Security
13-10-03, 02:58
That is one of the most amazing pieces of writing I have ever seen. I was stunned. It's beautiful. It struck a lot of cords for me. Thank you, Isabella.

Isabella
13-10-03, 03:35
Originally posted by Annacia:
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.

This one says it for me. If someone would face the flames with me, not a lot else would matter.Too true Annacia.

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Croft Security
15-10-03, 02:20
Hello Isabella! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/lei.gif

Isabella
15-10-03, 02:26
Good evening Croft Security http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

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15-10-03, 02:29
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Isabella
15-10-03, 02:32
Hi Deano http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

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15-10-03, 02:40
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(the eyes, that is ;) )

[ 15. October 2003, 04:05: Message edited by: Deano ]