Have you ever found yourself requesting the help of a friend or a family member, only to get the vibe that they’re expecting something in return? Or perhaps you yourself have had these same thoughts, only agreeing to assist someone because you’re confident you will get something out of the situation.
If you have never experienced these thoughts, I commend you for being a truly great human. For the majority of us, however, these thoughts have crept into our conscious before, and it sort of makes me wonder;
Are we really that shitty?
I’m not attempting to suggest that these thoughts aren’t always warranted, because, in some situations, they are. Perhaps you’re finding yourself constantly helping out others, but never receiving the same efforts in return. This can be rather frustrating, and once you’ve had enough of repeated kicks to the groin, you decide to buckle up and demand the same help from others, or at least something that will benefit you for all of your efforts.
We’ve all been there.
What really grinds my gears, though, is people who will only agree to help others if they earn some sort of compensation in return, hence the statement, “what’s in it for me?” I’m finding it less and less common to find people who are ready and willing to lend a helping hand without assuming they will benefit from the situation, and this realization really is quite sad. Selfless acts and assistance are becoming rarer in today’s and age, and this genuinely concerns me when considering how this decline will potentially progress in generations to come.
Random acts of kindness and not-so-random acts of kindness really can alter someone’s day. If you have ever been fortunate enough to experience one yourself, remind yourself of how it made you feel and pass the momentum onwards.
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