One-sided Kindness

The moment when we start to feel obligated to do things that we are not obligated to for someone else, is this the right time to stop doing it?

In life, we, at times, feel compelled to assist others in certain endeavor, because we, ourselves, have personally experienced its various life-improving benefits and hence would like others to receive them too.

As generous as we can be, most of us do look for acknowledgement of and appreciation for our selfless act. When the reciprocal nature of an interpersonal relation is not being respected, in time, resentment on part of the helper will be harbored and accumulated; the destructiveness of this negative emotion can potentially destroy completely a healthy relationship.

When someone gives us a hand to make our lives easier, it doesn’t cost us a thing to give our helper a thank you note or to show our appreciation in an acceptable manner. It’s always the lack of demonstration of our gratitude that jeopardizes the once amicable rapport.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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