gracious receiving

Gracious receiving is as important as generous giving. I don’t mean one needs to go on and on, making outrageous claims about the gift or the giver, but simple, heartfelt thanks goes a long way to affirming the generosity of the giver. If the gift is not exactly what I wanted, I can focus on the love that inspired the kindness. If the gift is given anonymously, I can simply thank the source of love. At this time of year, there is a lot of that going around—love, I mean. At our church there is a giving tree. It is decorated with slips of paper that have ages of needy people (male or female) with gift suggestions. Parishioners can take a slip or two and return gift(s), which are delivered later. A huge pile of gifts has accumulated. What a wonderful way to be involved with others while remaining anonymous. It eliminates the desire for recognition or reciprocation on the part of the giver. I think that’s true generosity.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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