Giving and receiving are part of the same cycle, and we each give and receive in our own ways. But when we try to be too controlling on either side of the cycle, we can lose our balance. If what we gave was easy for us to give, we may feel that we don’t deserve the effort made on the receiving end. Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling to respond to others’ gifts in the same ways, like responding to an expensive present with something equally expensive or feeling like we have to throw a party for someone who has thrown one for us. But when these are done out of a sense of obligation, their energy changes from something that shares to something that drains. Accepting a person’s gift is a gift in itself. Sincere appreciation for their acknowledgement and their effort joins our energy with theirs in the cycle of giving and receiving, and nurtures all involved. But perhaps there is a different lesson there for us. We may be learning that just because we gave easily, it doesn’t diminish its value. It may be a chance to see the world through the eyes of another, as well as receiving gratitude. Or perhaps the universe is giving us an example to hold close to our hearts, to encourage us on some future day when our own generosity is not met with a visible act of receiving. However, when we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others. If this sounds familiar, next time we can decide to allow ourselves to receive with open minds and hearts and simply say thank you.
From My Heart to Yours,