The Gift of Receiving
More Difficult to Receive
Christmas is that season when the gift giver rises up in most of us. Sometimes we give out of obligation, even guilt. Sometimes we give to repair some emotional damage or to just let someone special in our life know that we care about them. The motives behind giving are probably categorically complex. We could build a long list. The important thing is that caring enough to give something to someone else especially when they are not expecting it, is a character builder…and it makes us feel good. We did something for someone, an act of unselfishness.
Receiving Rightly is in Itself, a Gift
We might say metaphorically that giving is the key to contentment about oneself, a pleasurable realization about who we are or have become among fellow human beings. A key to happiness.
If giving is in this way seen as a key, then it has two sides. What’s on the other side of giving? Receiving of course.
Here the motivations of reaction are just as complex and varied as they are behind the motivations to give. Do we receive graciously? Politely? Begrudgingly? How we receive the gift of another tells a lot about how we’ve developed on the tree of relationships. At least that’s my opinion.
Here’s a conclusive thought you might consider, especially if you receive a gift, unexpectedly, that’s much larger, more grand that you might have even supposed it would be.
That gift coming forward, received with open, welcome heart and hands is a blessing returned upon the soul of the one who gave it.