Day 32: Grateful to give and receive

By Lucila McElroy

We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.
~ Desire Joseph Mercier

Every couple of weeks, I meet with a group of women who are givers.  They give their time to charities and school and of course they give to their children and partners.  But this is not the kind of giving I mean.  They give me and each other what they are.

It is easy to get lost in our roles as mothers, friends, aunts, wives, teachers, volunteers, givers.  We go, go, go all day seeing others at a distance in places like work or school pick up.  We take and pick up our children from their activities.  We cook, we clean and repeat.

But behind all these roles and activities we are all the same: human beings who want to be happy.

And for a few hours every other week, we get to suspend the roles we stand behind, we take a sneak peek behind the doors and speak the truth.  Sometimes it’s scary to speak of our fear out loud, or speak of the side of our self that we don’t admire and often judge.

But by so doing, we are giving each other connection.  A human connection that is often missing when we are busy running around, searching for things or activities that we believe will make us happy but often leave us disappointed or lost.

So to these women, you know who you are,  I say thank you.  You have helped me give and humbly receive meaningful  support that makes a difference in my life.  And for this I am deeply grateful.

Who can you thank today?

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4 thoughts on “Day 32: Grateful to give and receive

  1. Today, I am also grateful for the lovely lunch my husband brought me and the work the gardeners put into clearing our leaves. The lawn looks so pretty.

  2. I am grateful for the little Ipad I use from the center. A young man arrived here today with lots of enthusiasm and questions. If I hadn’t checked I would have missed the opportunity to have spent a wonderful hr meditating with him. I’m a bit on the slow side with new technology but catching up. Feeling grateful to Jerry for loaning it to me.

  3. I am grateful for the friend with whom I can talk about spirituality, religion, Irish background and attitudes.

  4. I am grateful for the people in my life who “check-in” with me to see how I am doing and make sure everything is okay. I am grateful they lend a helping hand when it is needed.

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