I’ve Always Depended on the Kindness of Strangers

If you ask pretty much anyone, I’m usually a pretty “up” person. I try to be positive whenever possible and it takes a lot of negative to make me feel negative. I attribute most of that to my faith and relationship with Jesus, because I can be terribly negative at my natural state of being.

Yet, there’s one part of me that’s usually turned on the positive side: my view of other people.

It can get me into trouble, I am instantly a fan and believe in people who I like. I’ll give 200% for them. I’ll push myself to do things that I barely do for myself. I’ll make business connections, I’ll use my hard-earned favor points, I’ll work for free — just because I believe in them.

I believe in being kind and good and giving. I know it makes me happier to give without expecting anything in return.

But there are quite a few times it bites me bad. Doing that much work for someone often leads to them undervaluing, under-appreciating and (in general) becoming a royal pain. It’s disheartening.

But here’s the thing, I’m usually fairly quick to forgive. So there’ll be some kind of confrontation, apologies made and I’m back at it – working hard, being kind, giving my all.

Then, inevitably I’ll be worn out, overused and abused, or hurt. Then I wonder why this all happened (again).

I’d love to believe that being generous with one’s time, one’s passion and one’s career will inevitably lead to good things in return. And, most of the time that’s true, but I’m beginning to come to the point where I can’t/won’t do favors for people career-wise because my time is valuable. And I feel awful for having to get to that point.

What say you, gentle reader? Am I being way too jaded? :/

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 21, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Or not being jaded enough? Good question. Me, I believe that most people are basically good and try to do the right thing. However … Anne Frank wrote something very similar. Still, I think it’s important to keep the faith.

  2. Kim
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I totally can see what you mean. I often feel the same way. However, I’ve started to say no more. People just tend to abuse and not appreciate. It gets frustrating. However, I love and appreciate you and all you do for me! 🙂

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