Patience as Hospitality

In Stranger God I have a chapter on the practice of "stopping," allowing yourself to be interruptible. Hospitality isn't just about making room in space, we also make room for each other in time.

This is very hard, given the pace of our lives. Consequently, I've come to think of patience as a practice of hospitality. When I talk to busy people about practices of hospitality I often start them off with patience.

"Work on being patient," I say, "Patience is hospitality when you're in a hurry."

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