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Learning To Receive From Others In My Time Of Need

--by MezzoVoce, posted Sep 21, 2020
I'm a single mom, running my own business and just plain juggling a lot. Because I need to move to a better school district, I've decided that I'm going to sell my house. But before I do, I need to put in a new kitchen. I don't have much money. In this economy, who wants to put more money into their house than they have to, right? But I can't sell the house with the kitchen as is. It's pretty bad.

I posted something about my project on Facebook the other day, and got an unexpected response. One of my friends, who is a general contractor, told me that he was hurt that I didn't choose him to redo the kitchen (my brother-in-law is doing it for free). He understood completely, but asked me why I didn't ask him for his commercial discount at Home Depot, that he would very much like to help me in that way.

My brother-in-law, by the way, when asked how much he'd charge me, simply said, "You are my sister". And another friend is going to build me a custom cabinet (necessary to match the old cabinets in this house) for the price of a pre-fab cabinet in Lowe's so I'm saving money there too!

I am learning that you can rely on others. I've always been a giver, but I have not been very good at receiving. This week is showing me that there are people in the world I can rely on, who are here for me, just as I am there for them. And that feels really great!
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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: People think giving is the only kindness and they are reluctant to get help when needed. In fact, asking and receiving help is giving them an opportunity of kindness. Universal energy works on giving and receiving. Not receiving, stagnates that energy flow. May your post inspire others to receive when needed. I am sure, you will help others in your capacity when other need help going extra mile.
luckyman wrote: It is gracious receive also. May god bless you
grammagussie wrote: and I bet this is everyones oppurtunity to pay back a lot of kindness you have shown them...

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