I am jaded,
I have learned a lot from the kind nice people I have encountered. I have learned about kindness, and sharing, and forgiveness. I have learned how to take responsibility, I know how to recognize when I have been wrong and apologize. I have learned that most people in life are good, and kind, and loving, and forgiving. I have learned this from all of the good people I have encountered in life.
I have also learned how to know when I am being screwed over in life. I have dealt with enough nasty selfish people, to know when someone is putting everything in their favor and taking everything from me that they can. I know this because it has happened a lot of times in my life. I learned this from all of the nasty people I have encountered in my life.
I have learned sometimes I need to stand up, speak up, hold my ground. Sometimes I need to simply say enough, and walk away. I need to look out for me. I have learned this, thanks to all of the nasty people I have met and dealt with in my life.
I have dear friends, and people I respect who have not learned some of these things. Perhaps they are kinder, or more forgiving than I am. Perhaps they have not met the nasty people of life. I suspect they have met the nasty people, but have not learned some of the hard lessons of life.
I worry that I am experiencing a hardening of the attitudes. Then I get screwed over again, and I am reminded that sometimes, on some things, we have to protect ourselves. Thanks to the nasty people I have learned that from, for helping me learn. May they learn kindness, honesty and generosity someday, just not at my expense again.
Note: This was triggered by something in my work life.
What bugs you most about the photo above? (How bad is your OCD?)