Five-Minute Friday: "Invite"

Today's five-minute writing prompt appears courtesy of Five Minute Friday.

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It's really hard for me to write on this prompt.   Because the word "invite" brings up lots of insecurities for me.

I'm an introvert that desperately needs people with whom to interact.   So while it's not natural for me to reach out to other people for interaction, I know it's necessary, and so I assume the role that's needed in order to initiate that contact.

So why am I so insecure?   Because I have a long history of making invitations to which no-one responds.

It's discouraging when you invite a dozen people to a Super Bowl party at your house and no-one comes.

It's discouraging when --- over many decades --- you invite people to a Bible study in your dorm room / apartment / house, and people stop coming after a few courtesy visits.

It's discouraging when you invite people to break bread, and they seem to enjoy your company, and then nothing else ever happens.   ("Oh, you can't invite us over again ... we'll have to have you over first ... we'll let you know when we can have you over ...")

There are a few people in my life who will invite me into their lives.   They are precious to me.   Even though I feel a lot like Eeyore.   (You know who you are, and thank you.)

(And, no, I don't think I'm clinically depressed.   I just need a few more Tiggers in my life.)

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