Hospitality is a vastly underappreciated gift. It has more to do with spirit than with decoration. We have all been in extravagant places that cried out “Don’t touch,” or “Be impressed with me.” Equally, we have received the gift of hospitality in simple places that exuded warmth and acceptance. I remember going to a friend’s house with our kids when they were young and feeling so welcomed despite the chaos of wrangling small children.
We give or withhold the gift of hospitality many times throughout each day. When we sit around a table for lunch, we communicate with our body that we either have time or are too busy for the person across from us. We make clear that we are either listening or we are judging. We regrettably miss opportunities for hospitality because we would rather be available through our phones to people who are not even with us. Hospitality is about giving
Too often we think of hospitality as something we create for strangers or acquaintances. Hospitality is first the offering we give to those closest to us, our family and our closest friends. We listen around the dinner table. We take a walk with a loved one. We relax uninterrupted with a glass of wine. We settle down unrushed and read a story or listen to the day’s events with our children. These are the moments that make a great life. They are the best life has to offer. How sad that we miss the opportunity that each day offers for hospitality with the people we love the most.
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The gift of hospitality is conveyed by acceptance
The spirit of hospitality whispers its chances every single day. It may be a quieter gift than leadership or charisma, but the lingering fruit of hospitality makes impressions that