Thursday, May 31, 2007

Some Wisdom for Your Soul

Tomorrow I'm going to the cabin (my in-laws') with my hubby and spend a night there. Then on Saturday eve we're going to Arttu's nephew's graduation party. The first "family" party I'll ever attend here. Would be interesting to know what'll happen then. Yikes!!! So probably I can't write blogs until Sunday. We'll see. But I just want to share another WONDERFUL poem I've kept in a CD ever since I read it years back. :-))))

Some Wisdom for Your Soul

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 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, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you're 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.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty everyday, and if you can source your life from God's presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
and still stand on the edge of a 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 for the children.

It doesn't interest me who you are, 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.

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer (A Native American Elder)


  1. That one is beautiful and very wise.

    I hope you have a great weekend! :-)

  2. Excelent! Thanks for sharing mate!

  3. It's MY pleasure to share it. :-)))))

  4. that is very wise, but also very demanding. Some of the things the author asks for I doubt that I would be able to deliver.
    There's certain dark periods of the past that still make me shudder and there's sometimes certain regrets as a result.

  5. Yeah, I guess you can say it's demanding in some parts.

    The journey to accept ourselves as is is never easy.

    But I'm learning this (and will be learning it over and over again):
    God, give me serenity to accept the things I cannot change (incl. my dark past that makes me shudder)
    Courage to accept the things I can change
    And wisdom to know the difference.