I have a few friends who, each year, choose a new virtue to highlight and work on in the year ahead. I first heard about this last year, but couldn't decide on anything in particular. Really, I was so overwhelmed the only virtue I could come up with was survival. OK, so it isn't exactly a virtue, but it is about all I could hope to work on at the beginning of 2012. Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter, had a wonderful New Year's Resolution post that was perfect for me last year. But this year, I think I am ready to think about a little more than meals and laundry.
As I thought about various virtues, I quickly realized that hospitality is the virtue I should work on this year. I am not a natural entertainer. I do not easily invite people into my home. Inviting people over used to be a huge, scary thing for me, likely to send me into torrents of anxiety at the merest thought. Thanks to the gentle urgings of my husband, who likes to have people over, I've managed to move beyond paralyzing fear, but it still isn't something that comes easily for me. I'd like to reach a point where having people over is an easy and natural thing to do, and I think this is achievable. To that end, I'm making a promise to myself to develop in this virtue by actually having people over, frequently and regularly. And, being who I am, I'm planning on doing some reading about the subject too. Anyone have any suggestions?