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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia
Member Since: 29th Nov 2001
Total posts: 121
Posted:Heya all, I found this in my wanderings on the net the other night and I thought that I would share.

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 shirveled 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 with our 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, your and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver ofthe 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 brused 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.

From the book The Invitation
By Oriah Mountian Dreamer

Simply an excuse to play with fire.

Location: Brisbane QLD Australia
Member Since: 29th Nov 2001
Total posts: 121
Posted:P.S. Sorry that was a bit long!

Simply an excuse to play with fire.


Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !
Member Since: 8th Jun 2001
Total posts: 4224
Posted:Long but beautiful

thank you very much for sharing

shine on, beautiful souls

"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
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Location: In Bed
Member Since: 6th Sep 2002
Total posts: 165
Posted:I've been meaning to sign up for a little while cos i've been doing staff on and off for about five years. So i signed up and was going to have a rant about the world summit but this is much nicer. I don't get into poetry or prose (except in Winnie the pooh) but i love this cos for me it sums it up:

Poetry Place : Poems : Life


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Its by WH Davies from Wales i think


Wielding a Wooden Spoon

Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308

really beautiful.

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Do you live just to avoid unpleasantness, or do you live to seek joy?

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

Location: Brisbane QLD Australia
Member Since: 29th Nov 2001
Total posts: 121
Posted:Live to seek joy through experiencing all of lifes ups and downs, goods and bads. I dont want to be old and not know what it all feels like, that is not living.

Simply an excuse to play with fire.

Mean not nice guy, that is friendly
Location: Nowhere,Anywere/the middle of ...
Member Since: 2nd Sep 2002
Total posts: 92
Posted:that was beautiful yo.
*tears of joy*
That waz awesome.
All i can sayz after that is......

Have no fear, I is here.

vaperloc...the mighty
vaperloc...the mighty

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Location: Ft worth Texas
Member Since: 12th Aug 2002
Total posts: 466

There are no obstacles only challenges.
Very funny scotty now beam down my pants.
[colour."green"}What would willie do?

AHH theres too many wee leprechauns i cannae squash them all

Location: The Birthplace of BlackSabbath
Member Since: 11th Apr 2002
Total posts: 259
Posted:That was some beautifull prose!

The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer-- they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.-- Ken Kesey