Receiving: this can get tricky, right? At times, it can be hard to hear a “thank you,” take it in, and simply say “you’re welcome.” More likely you respond with an “Oh, no worries.” or “Thank YOU!” or you modestly shrug it off. To receive, not only the many ways people communicate “thank you” but to really receive, to really take in, all there is to be grateful for every day can be surprisingly hard.
From the sun shining to the casual greetings you receive as you venture out in the world each day to the gift of heat in your home, the clothes you wear, and the fresh air around you, there is so much to receive, if we just let it in.
Of the 15 nuanced definitions of “receive” in Merriam Webster, I think the most apt to this exploration is “to assimilate through the mind or senses.” Let’s go forward with that definition of receiving in our minds and assimilate the gifts we receive every day into our hearts.
Give: a hug
Receive: this moment