But you don't need a translator to understand hospitality. It's in a warm smile, a soft hug, a cup of tea, a motion to "please, sit down!" Hospitality is an attitude of sharing and giving, and you can feel it as soon as you step inside.
Actually, hospitality is communicated before you even enter a home. It starts outside, at the front door.
Today's Small Thing is to take a look at your entryway and view it as a guest sees it. Is your porch a home to spiderwebs and a pile of leaves that blew in? Is is littered with newspapers, muddy tennis shoes and skateboards? A few minutes to sweep and gather the miscellaneous stuff will give your home an instant facelift!
I love to see pots of flowers by the front door and I hope to get some planted this weekend. My daughter, Lauren, spruced up her home's entry with some fresh marigolds and petunias and she's inspired me to get going on my own "welcome" pots.
So shake out the rug, tidy your stoop and throw your arms open to your world. Say "Welcome" in a language everyone understands!
POINTS: 40 for creating a hospitable entry in a few minutes flat!