ADF Dedicant Path Documentation – The Nine Virtues – Hospitality

Hospitality

“Acting as both gracious host and appreciative, involving benevolence, friendliness, humour and the honoring of a gift for a gift.” – Our Own Druidry

“The friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers. The quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” – Dictionary.com

Hospitality is about building healthy relationships and bonds.  Opening yourself up to others can be one of the most difficult things to do.  You must allow people into your space, both physically and mentally and offer them support and nourishment. In turn you must also allow yourself to receive the gifts and support that others offer you.  This is one of the founding principals that relationships are based on.  If one party gives but gets nothing in return, eventually they will either burn out, or become disenchanted and exit the relationship all together.  A person who takes but does not give, becomes dependent on the one that gives and when that person leaves or can no longer give, they are unable to fend for themselves.   By both giving and receiving in equal amounts, both parties are strengthened.

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