What comes to mind when you hear the word hospitality? Maybe a dinner at a friends, hosting out of town guests or an experience at your favorite resort? The receiving and caring for guests is a multi-billion dollar industry. Needless to say, everyone wants to feel welcome and we are willing to spend big bucks to do so.
Let’s look at the word hospitality in a broader sense.
Consider hospitality, not only as an action but also as a condition of the heart. It’s the expression of generosity to others,the way you care and meet the needs of others people and the way you welcome people into your space.
I was a stay at home mom for a couple of years. It was during this time that I began to collect entertaining and cookbooks. I was consumed with the art of entertaining, cooking and creating a home that was not only a place of refuge but a place of celebration. I would go to the library and check out stacks of books from Martha Stewart,Preston Bailey,B. Smith and any other entertaining books I could get my hands on. I didn’t understand it at the time, but those years of studying the art of hospitality was preparing me for my purpose.It helped me to learn how to welcome people into my home and into my space. It was laying the foundation for what was being built. I take great joy in hearing how welcome women feel when they attend one of our events. I want every woman to feel like there is a welcome mat with their name written on it.
Ask yourself, how is the spirit of hospitality showing up in your life? What can you do to make room for people in your life, business and community? What steps can you take to connect people and to promote a spirit of inclusiveness?
“People will forget what you said,forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel”