(Need to start at the beginning? Day 1)

Years ago I witnessed the sweetest scene. A friend of mine was going into the house to gather some items (we were having an outdoor barbecue) and as she turned to go, a young boy shyly asked if he could go too. She smiled and said, “Of course!” in a tone of voice that said “Of course, you are wanted.” The kid’s face lit up and he ran alongside her like a happy puppy (if he’d a tail it would have been wagging like crazy).

happy tail wagging puppy

Now, honestly, if he had asked me I would have made some excuse and left him where he stood.

I saw that day how unwelcoming I had become. I had learned to do everything myself and I never thought to include folks. It was a wake-up call for me.

So now I look for opportunities to include people. I’m not a natural at it, but, hey, I can learn and practice.

How about you? How are you doing with your invitation skills?


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