Accepting something with graciousness is sometimes toughSomebody gives us a gift that we don't really want. Yet, we will graciously accept it with thanks. We lose a race on the sports field. Yet, we sportingly cheer the winner and accept our defeat with grace. There are many moments in our lives, though, when we find it difficult to bring out this quality of graciousness. Let's consider different situations-
There is the time when somebody annoyingly refuses well-meaning help from us when we know or rather think we know that they do require it. How do we step back with grace, ready to acknowledge that perhaps that person didn't really want our help and possibly considered it as a needless interference?
There is a moment when we are criticized for something we said or did. The immediate, natural response is that our feathers are ruffled, our hackles raised. We right away hit back with a strong verbal tantrum, indicating that we have done right, that the other person is not right. It is not often that we pause to reflect and understand the other person's point of view and find out whether indeed that person is correct.
Have you ever faced such a dilemma when graciousness is stifled, either deliberately or because it was just difficult to express?
[This is a writeup for the topic-based TOW on Acceptance]