Give but don’t allow yourself to be Used. Love but don’t allow yourself to be Abused. Trust but don’t be Naive. Listen to others but don’t lose your Voice. – Unknown
Offering one’s time, money or energy to someone is the most selfless thing anyone can contribute. However, one can become so giving, that others will begin to assume that this person will always be willing to do things for them. Some individuals may not intend to – but they will take that person’s kindness for weakness.
This is why we should embrace the word no. It is perfectly fine to say no – sometimes. Do not put yourself in situations where you cannot ever say no to friends, family, acquaintances, etc. Choose yourself sometimes or you will become resentful.
Fondness, affection, and appreciation means so much to people. Each of us wants to be loved and to have love in our lives. Though, we tend to forget that the person we should love above all others is the one staring back at us in the mirror. Oftentimes, we succumb to the feelings we have for others and end up putting them over ourselves. A strong sense of fear of being alone consumes us. A few of us will convince ourselves that if we lose this individual, no one else will loves us. So, we will allow them to mistreat us. Do not allow anyone to get by with abusing you.
We all would love to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Nevertheless, it would be idealistic to believe that someone will not let you down in some form. Keep your eyes open at all times, listen to what some are saying or not saying – for that matter.
Always listen to what others have to say. But, follow your own mind and speak up.
Here’s the takeaway – Give, love, trust, and listen to others – to a certain extent or you will end up used, abused, naive and voiceless.
Have a great weekend y’all! Thanks for reading.