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So the idea for this post came from one of my favorite magazines, Body + Soul (if you haven’t ever read it, I highly recommend it.  It’s a great mix of health, wellness, exercise, mind and spirit).  In each issue, the last page of the magazine has Ten Thoughts on…. (the topics change). This came from Ten Thoughts on Whole Living. The first thought was “Learn to receive what others have to offer, and you’ll enable someone else to give”. What I loved about this is that we’re always hearing how good it feels to give (which it does, I’m not disputing the value of giving or the importance of it for that matter), yet we never stop to think about the importance of allowing other people to give, to us. Is it that we don’t think we’re worthy of receiving? Or do we not want to put other people out?

I had to learn to accept from other people- and it was primarily help. I’ve always been a very independent person and sort of had this idea that I could “do it all”, whatever that means! It’s definitely an ego based idea that’s for sure. What’s funny though is that as I allowed other people to help and accepted their help graciously, without worrying about how I could give back, I started to feel SO much better. And as that happened, I noticed the other person’s joy in being able to help (which of course made me feel even more gratitude). It’s always a give and take- it’s just a matter of what you decide to take away from each experience. The giving is actually the easy part.

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