When he stepped into our home, he took his shoes off instinctively. He did it as if to suggest he already felt right at home. It was his first time round our place, but he helped himself to things as though he slept there and was another family member. He felt right at home. No airs, no graces, no pleasantries. Just settled right in. It should have been somewhat rude and off-putting, but I liked his style.
The thing about feeling right at home is that you can afford to be relaxed and informal. There is a lot more focus on relaxing and being comfortable than fulfilling any set requirements. Fit in well enough and it really expresses the feeling of warmth both at home and elsewhere. Such an endearing approach goes a long way to breaking down barriers to engagement. It’s not being presumptuous because the invitation was there. It’s about taking home seriously.
When gatherings can remind us of our ability to do that it sparked again the desire to cultivate the right environment for that to flourish and be fruitful.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden