Invitations (and why they matter)
Sinatra Versus Airport Security
Think about the best invitation you’ve ever received...
What was it for? How was the invitation delivered to you? Was it an opportunity to attend an exclusive event? A vacation or fancy wedding? Every day is full of invitations big and small. We are invited into conversations, to join others at lunch, to attend meetings, and so on...
Just yesterday I was at the airport and reflected on the invitation I received as I walked through (or “endured”) security. It was one of organized chaos, shouting to remove clothing items and computers, to empty your pockets, and stay with your items. I did however get a nice head nod and acknowledgment from the lady at the metal detector.
Juxtapose this with Sinatra's invitation in the timeless song Come Fly With Me:
Come fly with me, let's float down to Peru In llama land, there's a one man band, and he'll toot his flute for you Come fly with me, let's take off in the blue
Count us in, Frank!
It's interesting to think about how the way an invitation is delivered can affect our experience of it. The ambiance, the tone, the setting, and the delivery method all play a role in how we perceive the invitation. For instance, receiving an invitation to a surprise party delivered through a fancy, handwritten letter can be far more exciting and memorable than receiving a group text message invitation for a casual night out.
But beyond the delivery method, what truly matters is the intention behind the invitation. Every invitation is an opportunity to connect with others, to create memories, and to make new experiences. Whether it's a small invitation to grab a cup of coffee or an invitation to attend a prestigious event, every invitation carries value.
So next time you receive an invitation, take a moment to appreciate the gesture and consider how you might respond. Who knows, it could be the start of a new and exciting adventure!
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