Happy December, friends! This is the countdown, right? The crunch of time when we get our gifts together for our friends and loved ones and create lists and make treasures from hand and search far and wide for the perfect gift for the special people in our lives. The act of giving someone a gift you picked out especially for them is something that can’t be replaced. But let’s talk about something even more fulfilling: lets talk about receiving.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons we learn as we navigate this world is the ability to receive a gift with grace. For some reason, we hold onto this strange idea that it is somehow better to shrug off the gifts we are given, without realizing that this negates the beauty of the interaction. To truly accept a gift (and we aren’t just talking material gifts, obviously) it is necessary to first feel worthy. It is essential to have an open heart and a humble graciousness. It is required to be present, to connect. The greatest gift we can give ourselves this season is the gift of receiving.