Giving during the holiday season whether in labor, time, or goods is the central focus of an effort towards goodness. For some giving is the central focus of a compassionate life; for others giving is a part of public relations that helps them meet financial or relationship goals. Our giving culture equates taking as opposition, bad, or evil. Even accepting gifts or help from others are viewed as taking and therefore wrong. We feel guilt or shame that we are unworthy.
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Thomas Merton
As I have gained wisdom through experience and observation receiving has become a vital part of my compassionate and peaceful pursuits. Accepting gifts in gratitude regardless the givers intention raises our happiness level.
Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.1
“Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.”
― Madeleine L’Engle 2
“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”
–Brene Brown 3
Humble vulnerability in accepting others help or goods is grace and strength in goodness. It is accepting that we are worthy because we exist. It is casting out fear and trusting the flow of life. Receiving is a doctorate level life lesson in abundance, joy, and ease that eradicates the need for life lessons in lack, pain, and struggle.
When we receive we grow, we bless, we rejoice, we make peace, we let go of unworthiness, we love deeply.
May you Receive this holiday season. Prayers and blessings of gratitude to all.