For the timid person, are you embarrassed to share your needs with others? Or do you feel like you can be honest with others, regarding your struggles in life?
I’m usually writing to the reluctant entertainer (although many posts are for the seasoned hostess as well), but this time I’m writing to the person who would like to be invited over to someone’s house. Who might want to feel what it’s like on the other side- to be the guest!
I know there are hurting people out there. I know, because I was recently in the grocery store, and when I walked back to my car, this note was on my windshield!
Sandy, Love your 4 Reluctant Entertainer site! Saw you in the store, but you didn't recognize me ...so I kept walking. Going through a separation (26 years of marriage!) was too embarrassed to stop you. God Bless you.
My daughter’s and my eyes met as we read this note together. I do recall walking by a person that looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her. When we got into the car, and it was the perfect opportunity to talk to my 11-year old about people’s hurts. She could feel what I was trying to explain, and she said, “Mom, why didn’t the lady stop to talk? Why was she embarrassed?”
We talked about how when others go through hard times, it can be embarrassing. I so wish this woman would have stopped me. Because after reading her note, my heart went out to her. Even now, I continue to think of her as I keep this note on my desk.
Then my daughter and I said a quick prayer together. We prayed for this lady and for her marriage and for her life. And that she wouldn’t be embarrassed the next time someone could be reaching out to her.
It was an Ah-Ha moment for both of us.
I love how we can all be used. And how we can take a hospitable spirit with us anywhere … even to the grocery store.
How about you? Do you ever feel too embarrassed to share your needs? We women can be so insecure when it comes to approaching others, whether it's inviting people over for a meal or approaching someone in the grocery store.
I sometimes wonder how can we make ourselves more available to others?