What influences have caused you to make changes in your life? This was a question posed in a group discussion I attended early in the week. Of the many responses that came to mind, the two that floated to the top of my list were invitation and loss. Invite means to "increase the likelihood of; request the presence or participation of." How often, when you look back at changes in your life, did they come as the result of a personal invitation? Not an email pitch, or meeting announcement. Someone asked you. And because you knew and trusted that someone, you were open to the invitation that you would have otherwise been closed to, had it not been for the personal invitation.