I have a lot of people through my home, and at least two or three times a year I have house guests. Given my wide network of friends and family, someone is always travelling through or on holidays. I love having people around, although I am a loner by preference. How does that work?
I truly love my friends and family and enjoy having them in my home. It is a blessing to be able to extend my home to others and to know they have somewhere completely stress-free to stay. I enjoy having the time to catch up in person, hear their stories and see how they have grown.
It can be a challenge though. My life does not stop, generally I am not on holidays, and work demands continue. This leaves me with a dilemma – should I take a break every time I have house guests? Should I open my home fewer times? I cannot spend long periods of time and take holidays everytime people come to stay. I often feel guilty that I have invited people to stay but hardly seem to spend whole days with them while they are here.
I also find that it helps to keep my training regime up, as this tends to be my “alone time” where I get to think and reflect. In the past I used to give this up when house guests came, but I find I am better if I maintain. Getting a bit of escape is great.
Lately I have taken to encouraging my house guests to treat this like their home, given them a key and encouraged them to explore the city. I try to plan one special event with them, and then get on with my life as it usually looks and invite them along on my journey day-to-day. So far, it works OK…although I still feel guilty for not playing hostess with more time and energy. What do you do?
I enjoy having house guests and am so blessed to have these wonderful travelling friends. Lovely to see you, stop by anytimeRelationships comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.