Letting Others Do Nice Things For You
Mike’s sister came in from Oklahoma for a visit, and it was so nice seeing her and meeting her new boyfriend. Every time Lynette comes to town, I sit for hours talking with her. She is such a positive, fun person; she is your quintessential “people magnet”. Her boyfriend, Bruce, is a down-to-earth, yet very successful, intelligent man who said something that really got me thinking.
Bruce said, “You should let people do nice things for you”. I thought about this statement intensely. How many people in my life have offered to pay for things, or do things for me and I have said, “No…let me get it”, or “No…let me pay for it”. I always thought that I was being courteous by doing so, but was I stealing other people’s joy by doing so? According to Bruce, “It makes others feel good to do things for others, and you shouldn’t steal that joy from them”. You know what? Bruce is right!
The next time someone wants to do something nice for you, don’t reply by saying “NO”. Reply by saying, “That is so very thoughtful of you, thank you for being so kind to me”.
Have a Flaming Awesome Day!!
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