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Jannina
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I am: daughter, sister, aunt, friend, eccentric, artist. I love creating. I do it for fun. I do it to relax. If I'm not busy with the "real" world, I do it. Nah, I do it even when I'm busy - sleep can wait! :D

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Jannina

Introspection

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 8, 2012, 9:17 PM






MarmiteMamie started up a post in her journal asking others 'who are you'? I came up with this and thought I'd share it with all of you:


I am an optimist. I believe that you have to go into friendship or any relationship with trust and honesty. That sometimes causes heartache, but at least I have no regrets. I know that I gave that person the best chance to have a wonderful friendship with me.

A friend of mine showed me a poem by Oriah called the invitation. I relate very much to it:

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 centre 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
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 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 at 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 centre 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 Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

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Lapointe56 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the llama :)
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taz412 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
:wave: Jannina :thanks: for the :iconllama3dplz:... I appreciate it :).
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Pur3Rep0se Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Digital Artist
yvw :)
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taz412 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
=D
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Lucida Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Watch.
I like your designs, they are so stylish and elegant !
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Pur3Rep0se Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thank you! :)
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ElissaKarminakria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav! :D
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Pur3Rep0se Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Lileya Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Happy Birthday!
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Pur3Rep0se Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank You! :)
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