“It was easier to do a friendly thing than it was to stay and be thanked for it.”
-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
For many of us, giving comes easy – we are natural “givers.” But for some reason it is not as easy for us to be on the receiving end. We feel awkward, uncomfortable. Why is that? Do we feel that we are undeserving? Look at it this way: by receiving a gift, or accepting someone’s gratitude graciously, we are actually giving one of the most valuable gifts of all! We are GIVING that person the opportunity to GIVE! Allow them that. Without receiving, there is no giving – the two go hand in hand. So accept the “thank yous” that come your way with a loving heart – and enjoy how good it feels to be appreciated. And you’ll also see how good it feels for that other person to express gratitude.