I bet most of you are GREAT at giving. Do you allow yourself to RECEIVE, too? Receiving with gratitude has been a challenge for me. It's been difficult to receive compliments or to accept offers of help. So I have been practicing the art of receiving.
Recently, I made a plea on my Facebook page, asking if anyone knew how to address a technology issue. Within minutes, people were commenting, asking questions, connecting me with others, and doing research to try to help solve the problem. While I was grateful, I noticed that I had a very strong urge to tell everyone not to spend too much time on it. This stems from long-standing thoughts about not wanting to be a burden to others. I aware of my urge to resist help, but I refrained and allowed the assistance to flow. I received a solution to my problem and expressed gratitude to everyone.
People want to be kind; they want to give and share and help however they can .... will we let them? Learning to receive is an important part of taking care of ourselves. We can't do EVERYTHING alone. If we can't receive, we can't get the help we need.
If you're out of practice, too, start small; practice receiving compliments with a simple 'Thank you' or let someone buy you a coffee. When was the last time you allowed yourself to receive...?