A life worth living begins by receiving.
We start life as a gift received: Unchosen, unaware, yet alive and blossoming.
We become as we receive: Nourishment and care from our mother, physical, intellectual, emotional input that we open ourselves up to.
Somewhere along the line, we get the idea in our heads that good things in life come to those who earn them. We lose the sense of life as a glorious gift and become obsessed with rewards, punishments, and doing enough of the "right things."
I've had plenty of those moments lately. This is a note to myself and a note to anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear: Life is sustained by joyful receiving.