Empty hands make it easier to receive..... or, so I've been told. Mine have never really been completely empty. I've never known true want the likes of which humbles one to beggar status. But, I have been on the receiving end of someone's generosity that I couldn't repay. Knowing there were others whose need was greater made accepting it a bit....... uncomfortable. Maybe that's where the saying originates. Or, maybe it's that when we hold on to things - even intangibles, like pride - joy is harder to grasp.
When someone gifts us in some way, there are only two legitimate ways to deal with it. The first is to accept with a spirit of gratitude, not resentment. The second is to be generous in kind. We may never be able to reciprocate, but if we give to others what we can, we open ourselves to receive whatever blessings may come with it.
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