Guests

23 Dec

When we decided to take our winter vacation to New York this year (instead of a warm balmy sun drenched beach…) Robin and I wanted to find a place that would allow us to invite friends and family to visit. We wanted to try to create a nice and different experience for them. Something they might not do for themselves. To that end we rented a two bedroom apartment in an area known as Midtown Manhattan in order to be convenient  and centrally located for most things. We also wanted a nice workable kitchen so we could entertain. After considerable searching in the cyber real-estate world, a fantastic place surfaced and we grabbed it way back in March.
It seems that many of the world religions and spiritual movements on our planet have some beautiful philosophies regarding their beliefs and understanding of life weaved into their practice. For example, Hindus don’t want to harm any living thing-which is practically impossible, but a very nice intent. Buddhists want to live in peace with all living things and regards each human as sacred. Muslims are committed to treating their guests with great regard as they believe that guests are God’s way of connecting. Some of these varied philosophies become adopted by those of different religions simply because it suits them.

I for one really like the idea of treating a guest as someone important…not exactly sure why, but it feels good. Robin feels the same, so our New York experience is focused on taking care of our guests. We have spent much time and resources in planning events and special experiences for all of them. I suppose on first look it would appear that this would be a lot of work, but work well worth the while.

More on this tomorrow.

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2 Responses to “Guests”

  1. Annie December 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    What a lovely message you are sending to everyone! Thank you.

    • scotthanley January 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks Annie! It’s always good to get some feedback for what I’m putting out here in the internet ether.

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