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TAKE TIME TO ENTERTAIN
I can just imagine the thoughts as you read today's topic – entertain? I don't have time to entertain!
I'm not going to suggest the type you may be envisioning where the hostess greets everyone as she, elegantly dressed, stands beside her dining room table that is masterfully arranged with delectable delicacies ready to please the eye and palate. Oh, and she's also surrounded by fresh produce and herbs from her well tended garden. Stop right there – I'm not talking about that "book of gracious entertaining" type of hospitality!
We don't normally relate to this enchanted forest type of living, instead we move about in a world of plastic table clothes, Hamburger Helper, and silk flower arrangements. Granted, there's a place for gracious living, but maybe that's not available to you at this time. And then on a more simplified, yet practical level what about the single parent who needs a touch of relief and encouragement? An elderly neighbor who may be newly widowed and feels fearful and lonely? What about someone you may know who is disabled and isolated, longing for contact with a friendly face? We all have times when we're worn out and need a place of respite where we can be renewed and re-energized to go on.
Having personally been "taken in" and having "taken in" others, I realize there is something deeply intimate that happens during those times. To actually spend time in someone's home environment allows you to know another on a more sensitive level. You may see photos or mementos of times past. You may see items around that tell you more about this person and family. During such a stay you may even detect a scent that is distinct to this home – smells like fresh home cooking or baking, smells that reveal loved pets. You'll see what they read and what they value by the wall hangings.
These are important times to spend both on the giving end and the receiving side. Join me next week for more on this timeless topic.
Suggested reading: Plan a Fabulous Party...in No Time!
posted on: 6/9/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.