Most of us are familiar with the Biblical expression ‘There is more happiness in giving than receiving.’ And for the most part, that’s incredibly true.
Even Anne Frank chimed in that “No one has ever become poor from giving.” And one of the biggest joys we have, is seeing the face of the receiver of our gift, light up.
But our minds can be wired to believe that we’re not worthy of receiving much. Now and then, we want to ask for things, someone’s time or help and at the same time, feel that maybe we don’t deserve assistance. This can energetically keep the help we desire away from us.
Have you noticed though that some things just seem to fall into certain people’s laps? They manage to win things, get items for free, land that job they were after, get that pay rise and that things just seem to work out without too much effort. Chances are, they’re good receivers. They have a self worth that’s wired to feel that they deserve to receive and become good at it, whether it’s big or small.
Are you good at receiving? How are you at receiving compliments? If someone admires your outfit are you more likely to accept graciously or say ‘what, this old rag?’ Do you gladly receive unexpected gifts, invitations, upgrades when offered, financial windfalls or anything good that life has in store for you? Is gratitude a daily practice for you?
Or do you demur and resist? Deep down, do you feel a little unworthy? You push back and feel an obligation to the giver, even just a little?
Learning to receive, say ‘Yes and Thank You’ is a gift in itself. Then just be quiet. There’s a lot of good out there, and chances are, some of it will head your way. Learn to enjoy it and embrace it.
And along with being a fabulous giver, learn to be a good receiver too.