But chances are, you may often focus on what you wish were different, what you’d like to change. And these are likely the things that prevent you from inviting people over.
This month, we’ve talked about what hospitality isn’t and that other people probably won’t notice or care about the things you’re hung up on. And when they leave your home, what they’ll remember is how they felt in your company.
But (if they’re anything like me) they’ll also remember the parts of your home and their experience there that were just magical. Because your home–however imperfect–really can be magical to someone else.
Not Harry Potter magical.
Just special, unexpected bits of beauty and grace that remain fresh in our minds long after leaving.
For me, it’s things like:
Crashing on a friend’s couch after the first leg of a long journey and receiving a hot cup of tea and a copy of Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life.
Simple fall décor that adorns a friend’s living room, reminders of how much I adore this season.
Massive stacks of beautiful leather-bound tomes in a fellow book-lover’s home.
Staying up way too late with a new friend, sharing hearts over tea and baked apples with cream.
Your home is a gift to be shared. Please don’t underestimate how much sharing it could bring joy to another person–in ways you may never know.