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Being grateful means that you are accepting the gift being given. Generally, we’re not very good at accepting gifts, are we? We always try to be the person who doesn’t owe anyone anything.

But how much does that diminish us? It diminishes both the giver and the receiver to reduce everything to transactions and keeping a balance sheet. Accepting a gift should mean you don’t owe anything but thanks (of course it doesn’t always work out that way, but that’s our broken world, isn’t it?).

I want to be a grateful receiver, not questioning gifts given, not thinking “well now I have to reciprocate” but if I do respond, doing it out of a spirit of overflowing generosity. It’s like the verse from Desert Song:

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow


Today I’m grateful for Susan.

I met Suse at the BHB Retreat in Bali, and when we got back I signed up to do her holistic business course. It started today, which is just the right timing really, given that I finish up at SU next week. So it’s good to be thinking about the next steps, and having someone to help with the whole process.

the-e-courseJust reading through the first few lessons for this week, I am struck by Suse’s generosity and positivity, by her gentle wisdom. I went to Bali a bit nervous about the people I would meet in the group, but I am grateful to have met each one and today I’m grateful that I am getting to know Suse a bit better and benefiting from her years in creative business.

(enrolments are still open for the course, until Monday 9th, if you’re interested)