For the kindness to be perfect, we have to master the art of receiving as well. Receiving kindness?
Looks like begging isn’t it? No, not really.
Can you imagine how would you feel if one has rejected the kind gift that you have given to him/ her. Is it nice?
Being a perfect recipient of kindness is an art.
One has to be ready in heart and mind to receive kindness. This will generate happiness inside you as a recipient, then you can reciprocate. Good recipient is defined by five qualities;
Respect: Imagine some one is unexpectedly offering a gift to you. Just stop whatever you are doing and pay attention to the kind giver.
Accept: Our mind goes into a logical assessment immediately. Should I accept it? Who is this stranger? Should I trust his kindness? Is there a hidden motive? That is natural.
Just stop over-thinking. Be humble to accept that.
Appreciate: Say the gift is a book. Just open a few pages and build a positive feeling. Pick a few images or chapter headings and appreciate what you like in those.
“Oh, I love this, I have been looking for a book like this for ages. This is great!”
Reciprocate: This step is not essential. But it can enhance the experience of Kindness. If it is possible for you to do so, just ask “What can I do for you?”
Gratify: Say thank you.
By being a perfect recipient, you can make the feeling of kindness perfect for both parties, you and the other one!