Thanks Receiving

You’ve seen them. The articles about gratitude, about how thanking people, the universe, God, can strengthen your connection with the flow of love and light. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking it. If anything, I think we should give thanks even more.

But when was the last time you let someone thank you?

If you’re like me, it can be hard. It seems odd to me when someone thanks me for doing something I love, something that brings me joy. And sometimes, it’s hard to accept thanks for something I’ve done imperfectly or not as well as I had hoped.

One of my students set me straight. Recently, a lovely woman who regularly attends my yoga class stopped to thank me. Embarrassed, I tried to brush it off but she wouldn’t let me. “You don’t know what you do,” she insisted. She’s right. I don’t know how anyone else perceives what I do. So I stopped protesting and she thanked me for the things I do that she appreciates. It was wonderfully specific feedback. But instead of thanking her for the feedback, I acknowledged her thanks with a heartfelt, “You’re welcome.” Her face showed that she felt heard. It made me realize that all the times I’ve tried to dodge another’s thanks, I’ve denied them a true hearing. No more. From now on, I resolve to not only shower the universe and its inhabitants with my gratitude, but also to hear and acknowledge the thanks of others. And to graciously say, “You’re welcome.”

What about you? When was the last time you said, “You’re welcome”?

 

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