Remember the good ole days of ‘I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine’? Today it’s more like ‘I Scratch Your Back, You Stab Mine’. Seriously, what is up with everyone?!
Has the scare of the economy have all us fighting and being more competitive? Have reality shows glamorized the payoffs of being single minded? Someone help me understand.
Remember when you helped a friend move. You got up early on a Saturday morning, dragged yourself out of bed, and put on your moving clothes just to help ‘a friend‘ in need. A friend that you’ve known for years and went through thick and thin. A friend that you supported at work or school. A friend you bought cookies for fund raising events. A friend that you helped out of a jam. A friend whose family you’ve supported in one way or another. A friend that you thought would return the favor someday. Remember those days? I surely do and unfortunately, they don’t.
This tells me a few things.
1. The people I thought were friends aren’t
2. The family members I thought were genuinely concerned aren’t
3. That I shouldn’t expect anything from anyone regardless of the favors I do for them or regardless of our relationship or past experience together
4. Cherish your friends and family who have the best intentions for you and for all.
There was a time in my life when I would do things unconditionally and without complaint. A smile and a handshake was all it took. But now as I’m older with a few more life lessons under my belt, it isn’t so easy to help mankind without some sort of expectation in return.
I’m all of a sudden in that ‘what’s in it for me?’ mentality. I help you, you help me is how it’s gonna be from now on lol.
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