A friend of mine once told me that one of the secrets of abundance, manifesting and getting what you want in life, is to receive. When I think about it, it’s so true. In order to get all the things that we want in life, we have to be open to receiving them too. I know that a lot of people will say that to give is the key, and that is also true – but you have to receive as well. There always needs to be a balance in life, to give and to receive.

I am not good at receiving. I once received an amazing box of gifts from a friend, and whilst I kept them, I had to give something back. I remember thinking I had to show my appreciation in some way, and of course that’s polite and the right thing to do, but to really receive the gift that has been given, all I needed to do was to say thank you.

Recently, I received an out of this world amazing gift by email. The first thing I did was reply and refuse it, then ask the gift giver if they meant to do it and then finished by saying I couldn’t accept it. I then had to send a second email to say thank you. I couldn’t believe that in my original email I forgot all my manners and didn’t say thank you! It wasn’t until the third email that I accepted the gift. To give you an idea of how wonderful this gift was, I had tears in my eyes whilst sitting in KFC checking my emails!

What I’ve learnt from this experience, is that to receive is to honour whoever gives you the gift. This can be friends, family, the universe, Spirit or God. It’s something that they wanted to do for you, and it helps you in your life journey because it is helping you to achieve what you want in life. It doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is, in receiving you are helping more than just you.

So thank you to my friend, LuAnn, for the gift, for helping me to learn to receive, and being just awesome!