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“Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.”
~François de la Rochefoucauld
This week, as thoughts in the United States turn to Thanksgiving, it's important to take the time to remember who and what we're grateful for. But it's also important to remember that people need to give of themselves. For some of us, it can be hard to let someone do us a favor or give a gift without feeling a need to repay it as quickly as possible, to even the score, so that you don't feel indebted. But La Rochefoucauld's observation is wise. Sometimes the best response to a gift is simple, sincere gratitude. Accept the kindness you receive and know that you will have an opportunity to repay it down the road when the time is right. So, this Thanksgiving, by all means, take the lead in cooking dinner, or offer to help. But if someone truly wants to treat you as an honored guest, don't feel guilty about it. Know that you are helping them to be their best, most generous selves.
This week's challenge: Give freely, and receive freely too.