I find that I quite enjoy slowing down and spending time with friends, bringing people together for conversation. I still stress out a little beforehand, but thinking of the people makes it easier to tidy things up and get things ready. Then it’s different; it’s like preparing and wrapping a gift.
It’s a pleasure to see friends becoming friends with each other, too. It makes conversations easier, and I learn more about people because I can see all these other aspects.
I’d like to give this sort of care to friends far away, and to new ones as well. David’s figured part of this out – he has good friendships around the world. There’s much to learn, but it’s good to do so.