It’s been an interesting week. I’ve realized things like:
I’d never call a guest stupid or an idiot no matter what they did.
I’d add special touches such as garlic bread to a meal of veggie chili.
I’d offer to froth heated milk or soymilk and add a touch of cinnamon for a guest’s morning coffee.
If a guest was scared or worried about something, I’d do my best to reassure the guest he/she had the skills and courage to handle whatever the challenge might be. I might help the guest brainstorm possibilities and I’d never call the guest stupid or a coward.
I’d make sure the pillows were fluffy and the sheets soft and that the house was warm enough for my guest.
If my guest slept late, I’d assume he/she was tired and needed the sleep NOT that the guest was lazy or stupid for doing so.
I’d think about fun things my guest might like to do.
I’d encourage my guest to have fun.
I’d make sure there was nice hand soap in the bathroom and lots of towels.
I’d ask my guest what he/she wanted to read or watch on television or DVD—not decide based on what I thought my guest should read or see.
I’d listen if my guest needed to talk something out and I would encourage my guest to believe in him/herself and I'd never call my guest stupid.
Do you see a pattern here? I sure did! It’s interesting how often I caught myself slipping into old patterns and interesting how good it felt to begin to treat myself as if I were a guest in my own house. How about you? Are there any ways you would be nicer to a guest than you are to yourself?
Sending blessings and safe and gentle (((((((hugs))))))),