Reflection of the Week - 24 August 2021

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A gift only becomes a gift when it is received; and nothing we have to give – wealth, talents, competence, or just beauty – will ever be recognised as true gifts until someone is open to accept them.

This all suggests that if we want others to grow – that is, to discover their potential and capacities, to experience that they have something to live and work for – we should first of all be able to recognise their gifts and be willing to receive them.

For we only become fully human when we are received and accepted.

 

Henri Nouwen

(Reprinted from the Stillpoint Newsletter, 20/08/2021.)

 


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