Receiving Kindness

The kindness of strangers
The kindness of strangers (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

We all want to be givers, doing random acts of kindness and paying it forward but being on the receiving end often makes us uncomfortable. What is your reaction to an unexpected kindness or gift?

After a string of rejections I looked at how I react to being a receiver. Words like you shouldn’t have, I don’t know what to say, I didn’t get you anything were coming out of my mouth. Now when I stumble over receiving I tell myself just say thank you. I tell recipients who protest, I want to do this for you. Just say thank you.

Why is our reaction to kindness from others important? Each experience of being rejected for doing good makes continuing more difficult until people may stop trying.

This world needs more kindness. Think about how you react to acts of kindness from others. Thank you is always good. Hugs optional.

2 thoughts on “Receiving Kindness”

  1. This is so true, it is like getting a compliment – accept it with a thank you and a grateful heart. Only last week I did something kind and had to almost fight for it to be accepted. It is overwhelming, to be the receiver, still people wouldn’t show acts of kindness if they didn’t really want to. So thank you for this!

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