WHEN YOUR GUESTS REFUSE YOUR HOSPITALITY

What do you do when you get guests that refuse even a drink of water, let alone a proper drink or food that you’ve obviously spent time and effort on. Whether you just bought it and dished it up or slaved over it in the kitchen.

All sorts of thoughts enter my mind when this happens:

  • Do they not like me?
  • Don’t they want to be here?
  • What’s the the probability they will say no to the next thing?
  • Do they see me as unhygienic hence why they are refusing?
  • Stop being paranoid, there’s probably nothing in it

I was taught that when people come round to yours, it’s a must to offer them a drink and preferably a bite to eat. A lot of us get offended when people refuse, I guess it’s a traditional value that has been passed down for generations. Sometimes I understand people tend to be modest, so a ‘no’ actually means a ‘yes’ so we have to ask a few times before we actually hear a ‘yes’.  But there have been a few who undoubtedly refuse. How to deal with these extra shy individuals is to serve them up a drink no matter what they say.

 

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