Invitation Vs. Explanation

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Summary of Main Ideas

This week I’m traveling around 1800 miles, and spending nearly 20 hours in the car.

And I brought my 5 son with me.

If I had said to him, “Harrison, we’re going to drive something like 1,800 miles, spend 20 hours in the car, give a bunch of speeches, & meet a bunch of people,” he’d have checked out pretty fast.


Instead I simply invited him to go to work with me, and he jumped at the opportunity.


The moment I switched from explanation to invitation, everything changed.


We treat life as a suspect to be interrogated. Always seeking explanation.


Why did this happen? What’s the reason behind that thing? How can I fix this? And by treating life this way, we miss the invitation to simply be. To stop doing, and simply be.


We miss out on conversations that otherwise we may be too busy to have, and on moments that we may be too busy to notice.

Because “unimportant” moments don’t fit in an explanation, but they fit beautifully in an invitation.


As you go through your week, ask yourself not “How do I explain this?” but rather “What’s the invitation.”

Look for the invitation, accept it, and go live life the way it was meant to be lived.


“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” Sheryl Sandberg

Reflection Questions

  1. Where are you looking for an explanation where you should be seeing an invitation?

  2. How would your outlook on life change if you simply pause and let life happen?

  3. What “seat on the rocket ship” are you being offered this week?

  4. When was the last time that an explanation changed anything?