We’re taught that giving is superior to receiving. Indeed, the art of giving is a helpful corrective to human narcissism. Seeing what others need to be happy requires empathy and kindness.
But receiving is an equally noble endeavor.
We may strive to love, but to what extent do we allow ourselves to be loved? When someone extends attention and caring toward us, how deeply do we let it in? Can we allow ourselves to be nourished by another’s kindness? Receiving deeply provides needed nutrients for our soul, while also honoring the giver—making them feel that they’ve made a difference in our life.