Giving, Receiving, Being

Think back to a time when you felt loved, comforted, completely taken care of…

Was your memory of long ago?  Or yesterday?

I am an extremely independent person.  Sometimes overly so if I were to be complet

My wish for you: Comfort, smiles, warmth, and love.

ely honest.  Not a fan of asking for help, I often go through unnecessary challenge and hardship to avoid it.  But as I age, I (like fine wine) am getting better. 

Once again Mother Nature has fiercely descended upon us in the northeast.  No electricity…which means no heat, hot water, ability to cook or even keep food refrigerated, and (gasp) no internet and spotty cell service.  Expected return of service- 1 week.  Yes a full week!!

After making sure my boys were safely warm, dry, fed and at their dad’s, I huddled up under my covers shivering.  I had turned down the chance to stay with them due to my overwhelming need to be independent.  42 degrees indoors…. and I’m realizing the error of my ways. 

I have been blessed with generous, gracious, wonderful friends who all reached out to me offering warm beds, food, phone, internet, and some added a glass of wine.  Grin.  I have seen the error of my ways.

Even though I will not be making a habit of taking (I prefer giving), I understand that I ultimately deprive people of that same joy of giving if I don’t open up to receiving.  Breathe and let it in.

So when I ask myself to think back to a time when I felt loved, comforted, completely taken care of….I think of a friend who is making me a salad right now while I type this blog and to last night when another friend came in to the bedroom she offered with an extra blanket to make sure I was warm.

I hope you too can fondly and easily recollect a beautiful feeling of comfort!

Action Step:  Give and receive kindness often.  Think of someone you can offer a hand to and someone that has offered you help.  Reach out to both today.

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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