Something mysterious has been happening over the last couple of days. People keep offering to give me things, or have given me things. Nice things!
I am sure that there is a lesson in here, beyond the flow of gratitude. The items on offer are all things I need, or which are/will be of benefit. When people give me things that are too nice or expensive, my first reaction is no, I couldn’t accept it. I feel guilty.
But – and this is no excuse for accepting gifts – when you think about the joy that giving gives (!) people, denying them that opportunity creates an obstruction, blocking the good energy they give out. Where does this good energy go? Certainly not back to the sender, because you have just thwarted their joy. So what happens to this joy, this stymied good will?
I don’t know. Perhaps it is squashed like a box, altering expectations about the good, value, etc, in giving. It’s almost another form of ingratitude – this fear of receiving other people’s generosity.
Some people don’t like to receive things because they don’t want to feel obligated to give back to the giver. Others do it for the best of intentions. For example, if somebody wants to give you something that would cause them no small amount of disadvantage – it’s easy to say thank you, but no thanks.
Edited: 8th of April 2013
Wow, I was looking for another post draft and found this one. Well it’s about gratitude, and that’s one of life’s good things, so I am going to post it today!
Our relationship with gratitude reflects our relationship with the universe. We often deserve more and better than we believe we do. For instance, I find it easier to give, and enjoy that. Giving and receiving obviously share a reciprocal relationship: they are just opposite ends of the spectrum of good things.
Opening ourselves up to say, “Thank you, I will enjoy this,” brings gladness to the giver, and, if you let it, gladness into your heart.
Overall, this gladness gives good energy to the Universe, and I believe that the Universe deserves as much good energy as we can give!x
c. Kylie Lawrence 2013