The Invitation

The Invitation

By Rajesh Setty on Wed 27 Feb 2008, 10:46 PM – 4 Comments

Today I had my 1-1 with one of my long-time mentors Sterling Lanier. We covered a bunch of things (my companies, my blog and my upcoming books etc.). I am deeply thankful to Sterling and all the 1-1s over the years.

In the end, Sterling shared a poem that totally touched my heart. I got his permission to share it with all of you. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did.

Here we go..

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 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, 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 is 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.

© 1995 by Oriah House, From “Dreams Of Desire”


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4 Comments so far, Add Yours

Venkk Sastry  on February 28th, 2008

Thanks for Sharing. It always interest me to read something inspirational and thought provoking!

Franklin  on February 28th, 2008

Pretty powerful poem. Thanks for sharing Rajesh.

Darshana Chhajed  on February 28th, 2008

Thanks for sharing the poem. Thanks to your mentor Sterling too.

Stephen Hopson  on February 29th, 2008


It’s a great poem. I bought her book “The Invitation” years ago. The story of how she became an author is an inspiring story. One time Oriah and I shared the same literary agent in 2000. I heard great things about her.

Thanks for sharing her work – it’s indeed powerful!

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