Dictionary.com defines “welcoming” as “greeting the arrival of (a person or object) with pleasure or kindly courtesy”.
Twice when reading this I saw “curiosity” instead of “courtesy”. I actually think that “curiosity” is the more accurate response in most cases. What this calls to mind is two children meeting each other…kindly, but really curious about the other one’s life, home, or situation. Lily, especially, rarely meets a stranger she doesn’t like, and she collects new “friends” the way a smoker collects matchbooks.
To take that initial greeting up to the next level requires a bit of effort on our part. Our pleasure at greeting someone needs to be combined with a healthy curiosity about them, in order to figure out what our relationship to them will be.
Were you welcoming towards someone today? Tell me about it in the comments section.